- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors at Terry Nichols’ murder trial yesterday sought to show that a prepaid calling card found in Nichols’ home was used to reserve the Ryder rental truck used in the Oklahoma City bombing.

FBI agents found the card bearing the name of Daryl Bridges at Nichols’ Herington, Kan., home three days after the blast. The name is one of several aliases that prosecutors have tied to Nichols.

John Kane, a former executive at West Coast Telecommunications Co., testified yesterday that company records indicate the card was used a few days before the bombing by someone who called Nichols’ home from a bus station in Junction City, Kan. A few minutes later, he said, the card was used to call a Ryder truck-rental agency in Junction City.

Mr. Kane said there was no way of knowing who made the calls or what was said.

Prosecutors say that Timothy McVeigh used the card to call Nichols and then to reserve the truck that delivered the bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, killing 168 persons.

Nichols is on trial on 161 state murder charges that could bring the death penalty. Prosecutors say he worked with McVeigh to assemble the materials for the bomb.

Nichols already is serving a life sentence on federal charges for the deaths of eight federal officers. McVeigh was executed in 2001.

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