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Witnesses place 2 suspects in Kansas for bomb planning

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Witnesses took the stand Friday to place Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Kansas, where prosecutors say they worked together to store and steal materials for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Sharri Furman testified that six months before the blast she rented a storage shed in Council Grove, Kan., to a man matching Nichols' description. Prosecutors say the shed is where McVeigh and Nichols stored 2,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer used to make the bomb.Also questioned Friday was Timothy Donahue, a Marion, Kan., rancher and farmer who employed Nichols as a hired hand in 1994. Prosecutors allege McVeigh and Nichols stole explosives from a quarry in the Marion area as part of their plan to bomb the federal building.

"He worked for me for six months," Donahue said, adding that Nichols lived in a house on the ranch, sometimes with his wife and baby daughter.

Donahue said McVeigh came to the ranch to help Nichols move out in September 1994. He also identified a photograph of McVeigh with Nichols' house on the ranch in the background.

On Thursday, prosecutors called a parade of 13 witnesses to show that in the months before the Oklahoma blast McVeigh went on a nationwide search for bomb mater-ials - from a detonator to rocket fuel.

The witnesses included a publishing executive who said McVeigh bought a manual for making fuel-and-fertilizer bombs, and a former arms dealer who said McVeigh was willing to drive across the country to get a bomb detonator.

McVeigh, a 29-year-old gulf war veteran, could face the death penalty if convicted of murder and conspiracy in the bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds. Nichols is to be tried later.

Other witnesses were called to establish McVeigh's alleged hateful motivations. His cousin Kyle Kraus testified McVeigh gave him a a copy of "The Turner Diaries," a racist novel that begins with a truck bombing of FBI headquarters as part of a war against the government. Prosecutors have called it a blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing and labeled it Exhibit 1.