Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:54:24 GMT
Hattiesburg residents took part in a refresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist local first-responders in many different types of emergencies. The class included intensive training for theMore >>
Hattiesburg residents took part in a refresher class today to be sure they are ready to assist local first-responders in many different types of emergencies.
Friday, April 18 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:38:37 GMT
This is a news release from Attorney General Jim Hood's Office A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. BrandonMore >>
A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:23:56 GMT
The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip made it's 10th of 11 pits stops this morning in Hattiesburg at the Canebrake Country Club. The third annual tour is part of the university's effort to connect with alumniMore >>
The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip made it's 10th of 11 pits stops this morning in Hattiesburg at the Canebrake Country Club.More >>
Retired Tyler dentist Bobby Nichols was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the June murder of his wife.
jury deliberated for six hours before deciding on Nichols' sentence.
He'll have to serve at least ten years before he's eligible for parole.
At that time, he'll be 86 years old.
On June 29, 2012,
police raced to the Nichols' Southeast Tyler home. It was there they
found 71-year-old Rosalind Nichols dead in the living room. Her husband
had already confessed to the crime.
In the 911 call Nichols
says, "This is doctor Bobby Nichols. I live at 3417 Allen. I just killed
my wife and I need an ambulance... and I need the sheriff to come get
Nichols was booked into jail, and days later released on
bond. He'd later violate that bond by purchasing alcohol on multiple
Outside the Smith County Courthouse in July, Nichols told KLTV 7 what he had done when he blurted out, "I killed my wife."
a month earlier, Rosalind and Bobby Nichols had joined Tyler Junior
College alumni on a trip to Europe. During the trial, Nichols said
Rosalind got frustrated with his deteriorating physical health on that
"We had problems, like everybody, but it has left me awful empty," Nichols testified during the trial.
On the stand, Nichols said he intended to scare Rosalind, but did not mean to kill her. The state didn't buy his defense.
"I don't know why you keep badgering me and badgering me," Nichols said to prosecutors after a series of questioning. "Well, because you murdered your wife," they responded.
Prosecutors said Nichols' story didn't match up with what he'd said the night of the crime.
On June 29, 2012, the 911 dispatcher asked Nichols, "You're not trying to hurt yourself or anybody else, are you?"
Nichols replied, "No. In fact, I would have shot her more than twice, but the gun...sort of... it didn't shoot but twice."
Many of Nichols' friends testified that he was a peaceful man with a respectable reputation. But
after a week of trial, Nichols seemed to know things weren't going his
way. On Wednesday evening he emerged from the court office shaking his
head "no" and making a slicing motion across his throat with his finger.
The jury found him guilty.
Thursday afternoon, attorneys asked the jury to put a sentence with that verdict.
going to proudly ask you to sentence him to a term of confinement of
life and to give him exactly what he took from Rosalind Nichols," said
Smith County Assistant District Attorney Jason Parrish.
heard that he has been a good provider for his family all his life, and
the State says that should count for zero," argued Nichols' defense
attorney Bradley Lollar. Lollar asked the jury to sentence Nichols to
five years in prison.
Ultimately, the jury decided Rosalind's
death was a crime of sudden passion. That meant, jurors unanimously
believed someone with an ordinary temper may have acted the way Nichols
did under the circumstances. For Nichols, that meant the most time he
could serve dropped from life in prison to 20 years.
As he was
being taken back to the jail, Nichols caught his family members' eyes.
Across the courtroom, Nichols waved to them and mouthed, "I love
y'all." He blew kisses to them and gave them one last reassuring thumbs
up. They were words and gestures of a parent's goodbye-- something
Rosalind's children will never get to see or hear.
Rosalind and Bobby Nichols were married for more than 25 years. Nichols reserves the right to appeal the jury's verdict.
To read a more extensive account of each day of the trial, click here.
Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:57:35 GMT
Hundreds of children and their parents got some early Easter presents at Dahmer Park Saturday morning during the 67th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg and the Lion'sMore >>
The event also featured games for the children. Kids could also have photos made with the Easter Bunny.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:21:52 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan MiltonMore >>
Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan Milton combined to shutout Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech for the second-straight day in a 1-0 decision here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:18:25 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Black squad accumulated 369 yards of offense on its way to a 45-25 victory over the Golden team in Southern Miss' annual Black and Gold game,More >>
The Black squad accumulated 369 yards of offense on its way to a 45-25 victory over the Golden team in Southern Miss' annual Black and Gold game, Saturday afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium.More >>
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