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FBI Agents Say Guns, Fertilizer Were at Nichols' Michigan Home

By Tom Kenworthy
The Washington Post

FBI agents testified Monday that they found an arsenal of guns, anti-government videos and bottles of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in the Kansas home of Oklahoma City bombing defendant Terry L. Nichols when they searched the house three days after the April 19, 1995, blast at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Continuing to build their circumstantial case against Nichols, the 42-year-old Army buddy of convicted bomber Timothy J. McVeigh, prosecutors also offered lengthy testimony designed to link Nichols to a November 1994 robbery of an Arkansas gun collector. The government contends the proceeds of that robbery - thousands of dollars in cash, dozens of guns, and precious metals and stones - were used to finance the bombing conspiracy that killed 168 people.

Karen Anderson, who shared a home with gun collector Roger Moore in Royal, Ark., and worked with him in a mail-order ammunition business, on the stand Monday methodically identified dozens of items recovered from Nichols' home in Herington, Kan., as either identical or similar to those taken in the alleged robbery.

"It's my baby," Anderson said when asked to identify a .308 rifle. "I like shooting this gun. It's got a custom-made stock. It was made basically for me. I really like the way it shoots."

A colorful witness, who was admonished Monday by a prosecutor not to point one of the many guns presented as evidence at U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch, Anderson identified more than a dozen weapons, boxes of specialized tracer ammunition she said had unique characteristics, a quilt, camera equipment and other items that she and Moore say were taken in the robbery. Anderson was not at the Moore home at the time of the robbery but returned the next day from a Louisiana gun show.

The robbery is one of the pillars of the government's case against Nichols, though Moore has previously told authorities he did not recognize the camouflaged man who robbed him with a pistol-grip shotgun on Nov. 5, 1994. But Moore was a friend of McVeigh's, and star government witness Michael Fortier has testified that McVeigh told him Nichols robbed Moore to raise money for the bombing conspiracy.