Laurel man charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault

Laurel man charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

On Friday, Sept. 11, Jones County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to Watermelon Road in reference to an assault in progress.  The victim stated her husband, Willie Dewayne Nichols, 34 of Laurel, was shooting at her vehicle with a .22 pistol.  At that time she was hiding outside of the residence and said Nichols was damaging her belongings.

When deputies arrived, Nichols had fled the scene on foot and was unarmed. The victim told deputies that Nichols had entered the bedroom and became verbally abusive. The argument escalated and he fired shots into the windshield of her vehicle.  She tried locking herself in the residence, but he broke into the home, causing damage throughout. She also said she received injuries from the altercation as well as her juvenile son.

On Saturday, deputies picked up Nichols at his residence and took him into custody, charging him with domestic violence-aggravated assault.  He was interviewed on Monday and admitted to shooting the vehicle belonging to the victim.  He also claimed the injuries to the female victim happened when he was breaking back into the home and he wasn't aware the victim was behind the door.  Nichols said the juvenile had received injuries when something had fallen from the wall during the argument.

Nichols appeared before Judge Howell Beech at Jones County Justice Court where his bond was set at $10,000 and was revoked because he was out on a felony bond at the time of the incident.

An error was corrected in this press release, stating that Nichols shot at his wife, which was information provided by the Jones County Sheriff's Department. The department later confirmed that he only shot at her vehicle.