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Brittany Lawonn, Published March 26 2008

Authorities testify about the evidence they found in Nichols and Sorensons' home

UPDATED 2:50 P.M. - DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - This afternoon, law enforcement officials involved in the search of Tamara Sorenson and Aron Nichols’ residence last year testified about numerous items found, including a hand-drawn map and directions to Donald and Alice Willey’s residence.

Authorities found .45-caliber shell casings and a receipt for ammunition purchased the morning the Willeys were killed.

Nichols is on trial for the murder of the Willeys in April 2007 and Sorenson, his fiancee, is accused of being an accomplice.

At the time of their deaths, the Willeys were having disputes with Sorenson over visitation rights to a child Sorenson had with the Willeys' late son.

Earlier today, an agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation testified regarding evidence seized from trash outside Nichols and Sorenson's residence a week after the Willeys were killed.

Agent Arnie Rummel said investigators found a receipt for a magnifying scope that was purchased the night before the Willeys were killed.

The scope was of a type that could be used on a handgun.

Investigators also found packaging for .45-caliber ammunition in the trash.

The Willeys were killed with a .45-caliber gun, but the murder weapon has not been found.

Rummel also said a note was found in the trash saying, "Mom says God is coming down to take his wrath out on Don and Alice."

Sorenson's mother testified last week she told her daughter she had a vision or a dream involving God taking his wrath out on the Willeys.

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