Nichols Confesses to Helping McVeigh

11-28-04- A published report says Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols admitted last year to his role in the 1995 bombing. A written statement shows Nichols admitted during plea negotiations to helping Timothy McVeigh get components for the bomb and in the making of it.

Nichols said he was not aware of any other conspirators in the
attack that killed 168 people, including 19 children. He also says he didn't know which building was targeted until after the bombing.

Nichols made statement as part of an effort to get state prosecutors to drop their request for a death sentence. The negotiations fell through because prosecutors thought Nichols was not forthcoming enough.

Prosecutors could not use the statement during Nichols' state trial on murder charges unless Nichols testified, which he did not do.