"Red-Headed Stranger" Again Is In Hamilton County Court

Monday, December 17, 2007

The man known as the "red-headed stranger" at the time he was convicted of the 1988 murder of 21-year-old Karen Pulley was back in a Hamilton County Criminal Court on Monday.

Harold Wayne Nichols appeared before Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood for a resentencing.

Nichols, who was also convicted in a string of rapes of other women, had filed a post-conviction. He lost the appeal, but it was ruled that some of his sentences should be modified because he should have been sentenced under a later sentencing statute.

Prosecutor Rodney Strong said Nichols "still will either be executed or he will die in a Tennessee prison."

He said Nichols remains on death row and he has sentences totaling 225 years.

He at one time had sentences totaling over 600 years.

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