Here's a look at what you need to know about Brian Nichols and the Atlanta courthouse shootings of March 2005. On March 11, 2005 33-year old Brian Nichols escapes from the Fulton County Courthouse while on trial for rape, and he kills four people.
About Brian Nichols: Birth date: December 10, 1971
Birth place: grew up in Baltimore, MD
Birth name: Brian Gene Nichols
Children: with Stephanie Jay, Jasmine Jay, born 1992 and with Sonya Meredith, a son, born March 8, 2005
Victims: Judge Rowland Barnes, 64, Fulton County Superior Court Judge
Julie Brandau, 46, court reporter
Hoyt Teasley, 43, sheriff's deputy
David Wilhelm, 40, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent
Timeline: 1995 - Moves to Atlanta with his family.
1996-1999 - Is on probation from 1996 to 1999 for a felony drug case in Cobb County, GA. He is arrested with a small amount of marijuana.
Summer 2004 - Is charged with the rape of his former girlfriend.
March 11, 2005: 8:45 a.m. - While being escorted to his retrial for the rape and other charges, Nichols attacks a sheriff's deputy when she removes his handcuffs, in a struggle that lasts about three minutes and is caught on surveillance video. He takes the key to a lockbox where her gun is stored.
Nichols retrieves the gun, changes clothes and crosses a sky bridge into the next building and heads for the courtroom.
Nichols then goes to Barnes' private chambers, tears out the phone lines, takes three hostages and inquires about the judge's whereabouts. He leaves a number of times, finally returning with another deputy taken hostage.
8:55 a.m. - Seizes the second deputy's gun and enters the courtroom from behind the bench, fires a single shot into Barnes' head, then shoots and kills court reporter Julie Brandau.
Nichols goes down the stairwell, leaves through an emergency exit and sets off an emergency alarm.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, witnesses say he fires multiple shots into the abdomen of another sheriff's deputy, Hoyt Teasley.
9:05 a.m. - Nichols first steals a dark SUV (2001 Mazda Tribute), drives less than three blocks and crashes through the gate of another parking deck.
9:07 a.m. - A tow truck driver, Deronte Franklin says that after he directs police into the deck, Nichols comes back down and steals his truck at gunpoint.
9:14 a.m. - Nichols then drives to another deck about six blocks away where Almeta Kilgo, an employee of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, says he stole her 2004 Mercury Sable. She escapes after refusing Nichols' order to stay in the car, she says.
9:15 a.m. - Atlanta Police Command staff are notified at APD communications that a Fulton County deputy has been shot.
9:16 a.m. - Nichols carjacks a blue Isuzu Trooper from Sung Chung, at 250 Spring St.
9:19 a.m. - The A-tow truck (1999 Ford F-350) stolen at 9:07a.m. is recovered at a parking deck at 98 Cone St.
9:20 a.m. - Nichols drives a couple more blocks to another deck, Centennial Parking, 130 Marietta St., where he steals the car of AJC reporter Don O'Briant, a green 1997 Honda Accord. He says Nichols orders him into the trunk and pistol-whips him when he refuses. O'Briant manages to run away.