A lawyer for the widow of the off-duty federal customs agent murdered by Brian G. Nichols following his 2005 escape from the Fulton County Courthouse says he will appeal a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling tossing out civil suits against a half-dozen current and former Fulton County sheriff’s deputies.

The deputies were on duty at the courthouse the day Nichols broke free and killed a judge, court reporter and deputy sergeant while on trial for rape. Nichols killed the customs agent, David Wilhelm, hours later in Buckhead, Ga.

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