Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Atlanta Courthouse Murders - Time line of Events to 910 am

Link The Associated Press -

The following is a timeline of the chain of events inside the Fulton County Courthouse on March 11 when rape defendant Brian Nichols allegedly stole a deputy's gun and started a shooting rampage, according to a Sheriff's Department report. The timeline does not cover events once Nichols left the immediate area of the courthouse. A federal agent was killed hours later north of downtown, allegedly by Nichols.

8:49 a.m. _ Deputy Cynthia Hall escorts Brian Nichols from elevator number 12 to holding cell in detention 8 A/B at Fulton County Justice Center, 185 Central Ave.

8:49 a.m. _ Hall is struck by Nichols in entrance to cell 8E2 after he enters holding cell and forces Hall into cell 8E1.

8:52 a.m. _ Nichols comes out of cell 8E1 where Hall is located and closes door.

8:54 a.m. _ Nichols comes out of cell 8E2 in civilian clothes and proceeds to 135 Pryor St. courthouse via pedestrian bridge.

8:56 a.m. _ Nichols enters Judge Rowland Barnes' unlocked chambers and accosts his staff and attorney David Allman, handcuffs them and takes them hostage at gunpoint.

8:57 a.m. _ Sgt. Grantley White enters the chambers area where he is confronted by Nichols who has Hall's gun and forces White to surrender his weapon.

8:58 a.m. _ White feigns a heart attack so that he can fall near an alarm which he depresses; White is locked in the bathroom by Nichols.

8:58 a.m. _ Central Control receives duress alarm activation in Barnes' chambers.

8:58 a.m. _ Sgt. Hoyt Teasley heads towards Barnes' chambers.

8:58 a.m. _ First attempt to contact White; White does not respond to radio call.

8:58 a.m. _ Second attempt to raise White; No answer to radio call.

8:58 a.m. _ Third call to White.

8:58 a.m. _ Central receives "00" from White's radio.

8:58 a.m. _ "White" (radio used by Nichols) was advised by Central Control "Signal 00" (welfare check).

8:59 a.m. _ White is handcuffed and forced into chambers' bathroom.

8:59 a.m. _ No response to radio check to White.

8:59 a.m. _ Nichols enters courtroom through unlocked access door and allegedly shoots Barnes and court reporter Julie Brandau.

8:59 a.m. _ Code 000 was broadcast to all court services personnel.

8:59 a.m. _ Multiple court personnel, including Teasley and Sgt. John Starks, in route to call.

8:59 a.m. _ Duress alarm received from "Family Services room 836".

8:59 a.m. _ Sgt. Vincent Owens diverted to Family Services alarm.

8:59 a.m. _ White escapes from bathroom, goes to the courtroom and discovers Barnes and Brandau and immediately radios "Code 00 judge shot."

8:59 a.m. _ Emergency signal "00 officer needs assistance" was broadcast.

8:59 a.m. _ Radio contacted on "courts channel" but does not reply.

8:59 a.m. _ Radio contacted on "Sheriff Patrol" and advised to respond to signal 00 (ambulance) to the courthouse in response to a "judge shot on the bench." Radio confirms needing "a 00 to the courthouse in reference to a code 00 (person shot).

9 a.m. _ Emergency medical assistance responds to 136 Pryor St. courtroom 8H.

9 a.m. _ Teasley observes Nichols run into stairwell on 8th floor and gives chase.

9:01 a.m. _ Stairwell C exit door alarm activated; Stairwell C exit door closes.

9:01 a.m. _ Barnes examined and was found to have no signs of life; Brandau examined and was found to have no signs of life.

9:02 a.m. _ Barnes and Brandau pronounced dead; Sgt. Jarvis Williams secures crime scene and limits access to courtroom.

9:02 a.m. _ Teasley discovered with fatal wounds.

9:06 a.m. _ Deputies arrive and enter 8B detention area.

9:10 a.m. _ Deputy Harold Moore locates Hall inside of 8 A/B detention cell.


Times are approximate; Radio signals changed for security.

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