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Testimony backs Nichols' team claim that gun theft faked, work of McVeigh

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Monica Gates is hoisted off her feet seconds after her supporters hear the results of the mayoral race Tuesday night.

An unbridled group of supporters, friends and family were on hand to celebrate the moment with her.

"I am thrilled and appreciate all the support," Gates said.

"My message never changed, and it connected with the people."

Enthusiastic supporters filled the yard of Gates' home and cheered when the results appeared on the Internet.

The celebration included an unexpected dip in the pool as supporters threw Gates into the family pool.

"The people have spoken," Byram said with some sadness in his voice.

"I have enjoyed every bit of the eight years I have served as mayor of Kingman."

He placed a phone call to Gates and congratulated her.

Gates said she appreciates the good work Byram accomplished as mayor of Kingman.

"I appreciate and applaud the mayor's work and effort as Kingman's mayor," she said.

"He leaves the city in excellent shape and in sound financial shape.

I respect him and his contributions to Kingman."

She said Byram still has a lot to offer the city and that she would be receptive to any help he would offer.

"The good financial condition of the city provides a great springboard for moving the city ahead and doing what we need to do as Kingman continues to grow rapidly," Gates said.

She decided against a bid for a second City Council term in order to run for mayor.

Council members serve four-year terms, the mayor two years.

Carter defeats Schoeff

In the runoff election for the open City Council seat, Tom Carter won a four-year term with 56 percent of the vote.

He had 1,440 votes to 1,106 for Michael Schoeff.

"I will do my best job for the residents of Kingman," Carter said.

He said he would like to see traffic problems be a top priority for the council.

Schoeff was gracious after running a campaign that cut Carter's more than 800 vote margin from the primary in half.

The voters approved the Proposition 401 Home Rule budget alternative with 83.5 percent voting yes.

The approval allows the city to deduct the enterprise budget expenditures for water and sewer services to meet the state-mandated spending limitation.

The vote is taken every four years.

Proposition 402, General Plan 2020, was approved by 74 percent of the Kingman voters.

Byram said Kingman has a strong City Council that will work with the new mayor to solve the many problems the city will face during the next two years.

Gates said she expects to work effectively with the council.

"Kingman has a great group elected to the council," she added.

"Each one has great ideas to contribute." She said she expects the council to agree on priorities for Kingman that will address the challenges that come with rapid growth.

"I think my greatest challenge could be to slow down and not try to do everything at once," she added.

Byram edged Gates 1,926-1,776 in the March primary as both qualified for Tuesday's runoff.

Frank McVey dropped out of the three-way race for mayor after the primary.

He also had decided against running for re-election to the council in order to run for mayor.

The City Council will meet at 11 a.m.

Monday to canvass the vote and make the results official.

Some provisional ballots remain to be counted but are not expected to change the outcome.

The turnout was lower than the strong early balloting indicated.

A total of 2,700 votes were cast in the mayoral race with 1,200 ballots submitted prior to Tuesday's election.

The turnout was 21.5 percent of 12,592 registered voters.

More than 4,400 people, or 36.9 percent of the city's registered voters, voted in the March primary with the Wal-Mart rezoning on the ballot.

The mayor and three new council members will take their seats at the June 7 City Council meeting.

In the March primary, incumbent councilman Dave French got enough votes to win re-election, and Tom Spear won back a seat after being out of office two years.McALESTER, Okla.

(AP) – An Arkansas gun collector who claimed he had been robbed was not sincere and appeared to be "play-acting," the man's former neighbors testified at bombing conspirator Terry Nichols' state murder trial.

Prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty against Nichols allege the Nov.

5, 1994, robbery of Roger Moore was committed by Nichols to help finance the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

The bombing killed 168 people.

But defense attorneys have suggested the robbery was staged and that executed bomber Timothy McVeigh helped plan it.

McVeigh, who met Moore at a gun show, had stayed in Moore's home.

Moore has testified he was bound and his eyes covered with duct tape by a hooded gunman who took an estimated $63,000 in weapons and other items from his home in Royal, Ark.

His neighbor, Verda Mae Powell, said Moore appeared out of breath and a little nervous when he came to her door after the robbery.

Powell said a handgun was tucked under Moore's belt in the rear of his pants.

She said Moore made two or three telephone calls from her house.

"He said something to the effect: 'They've got it.

They've robbed me,'" she testified Tuesday.

"It just appeared almost that he was play-acting."

Her husband, Walt Powell, said Moore led him to where his phone line had been cut behind his house.

"If he was all bound up ...

how would he know where his phone wire had been cut?" Walt Powell said.

On cross examination, Powell said he had never been robbed and did not know how someone should respond.

Moore reported the robbery to insurance agents in Hot Springs, Ark., who told him his loss was not fully covered, said insurance agent Jan Dies.

Nichols, 49, is serving a life prison sentence for the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers in the bombing.

In Oklahoma, Nichols faces 161 counts of murder for the deaths of the other 160 victims and one victims' fetus.

James Rosencrans of Kingman, a former neighbor of the state's star witness against Nichols, Michael Fortier, said Fortier received a cache of weapons at his home before the bombing.

Rosencrans testified he watched Nichols unload duffel bags from McVeigh's car and carry them into Fortier's house.

Prosecutors allege that the duffel bags contained weapons robbed from Moore and sold to help finance the bomb plot.

During his testimony to Nichols' 12-member jury, Fortier said McVeigh told him during a telephone call that Nichols was involved in the robbery.

Fortier is serving a 12-year prison sentence for knowing about the plot and not telling authorities.

McVeigh was convicted on federal murder charges for the bombing and executed in 2001.

Rosencrans said he was reluctant to testify in the case.

Defense attorney Brian Hermanson repeatedly showed him transcripts of his testimony from the federal trials of McVeigh and Nichols to remind him of what he said then.