A man convicted of numerous crimes including first-degree murder and aggravated rape was not denied his right to a speedy trial during a delay of resentencing for several cases, the Tennessee appeals court decided on Thursday.
The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee decided that Harold Nichols did not show that he was prejudiced by the delay in resentencing for his noncapital cases, court reports said.
The defendant argued that the delay for 14 of his cases violated his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial, the report said.
The court disagreed and affirmed the judgment of the trial court, reports said.
Mr. Nichols is currently serving a sentence of 225 years in unrelated cases as well as the death sentence, reports said.
"Thus, the level of anxiety as to the length of sentence he would receive in the noncapital cases upon resentencing was, at best, negligible," the court stated.