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Golden Valley man will not have to testify for Nichols

KINGMAN – An 81-year-old Golden Valley man who refused to go to Oklahoma to testify on behalf of Terry Nichols now will not have to make the trip.

Water "Mac" McCarty, 82, said he received a letter from Nichols' attorneys on Tuesday that said he will not be required to testify after all.

Nichols' attorneys subpoenaed McCarty and 10 other Mohave County residents to testify in the case.

Last month, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ordered each of the 11 to comply with the subpoena or face possible jail time for interfering with a judicial proceeding, a misdemeanor.

McCarty subsequently wrote a letter to the judge in Nichols' trial, explaining why he didn't want to testify.

McCarty originally said he would not travel to Oklahoma because he could not carry a non-concealed weapon.

He also said his physical maladies would present an undue hardship during travel.

Nichols, 49, is already serving a life sentence on federal charges in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P.

Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

He is now on trial in Oklahoma on state charges of 161 counts of murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The trial began last month.

McCarty said he knew convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and Michael Fortier but not Nichols.

McVeigh was executed after being convicted of murder.

Fortier, a graduate of Kingman High School, is serving a 12-year prison sentence for knowing about the bomb plot and not alerting authorities.

Kingman resident James Rosencrans testified on Tuesday.

Rosencrans, who once lived next door to Fortier, told Nichols' 12-member jury he remembers watching Nichols unload duffel bags from McVeigh's car and carry them into Fortier's house.

Prosecutors allege the duffel bags contained weapons that were stolen from an Arkansas gun dealer by Nichols and transported in McVeigh's car to Arizona.

Authorities allege the weapons were sold at gun shows to help finance the bomb plot.

Rosencrans, whose long brown hair hung below the shoulders of his black T-shirt, repeatedly covered his eyes and face as he was questioned by defense attorney Brian Hermanson about his contacts with McVeigh and Fortier.

Nichols' defense attorneys are expected to wrap up their questioning of witnesses this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.