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6.1.03

Rudolph could face death penalty

Captured Olympic bombing suspect Eric Rudolph faces a federal court hearing Monday in Asheville, North Carolina to decide if he should be taken to Atlanta or Birmingham, Alabama.

Rudolph is accused of bombings in both cities, including the 1996 bombing at Atlanta's downtown Olympic Park and a bombing at an abortion clinic in Birmingham.

The former soldier and survivalist is also suspected in the bombings outside a gay nightclub and an office building in Atlanta that contained an abortion clinic. In all, two people were killed and about 150 people were wounded.

Rudolph faces six federal counts of using an explosive against a facility in interstate commerce, one for each bomb. There were two bombs at two of the sites. The charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

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