Terry Nichols defense may rest today

(May 19, 2004) — (McAlester, Oklahoma-AP) -- The defense could rest today in the murder trial of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. The defense has called 82 witnesses as it tries to show Timothy McVeigh had other conspirators in the bomb plot and set up Nichols to take the blame. Prosecutors are expected to call rebuttal witnesses when thedefense ends its case. Former neighbors of Arkansas gun dealer Roger Moore testified yesterday that Moore appeared to be "play-acting" when he said he was robbed in 1995. Prosecutors say Nichols stole guns and coins from Moore's home near Royal, Arkansas, to finance the bombing. The defense is suggesting the robbery was staged and McVeigh helped plan it. Nichols faces 161 state murder charges for the bombing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.