Man’s Wife Nagged, So He Says He Shot Her
By KENNETH DEAN
New information in the case against former Tyler dentist Bobby Nichols details what he told police about why he retrieved his Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun and fired two shots into his wife and pulled the trigger a third time.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
obtained the arrest affidavit in the case against 75-year-old Nichols in which he admits he shot 71-year-old Rosiland for nagging him.
But Nichols told The Associated Press on Friday that he misses and loved his wife.
"We just got in a fight and I screwed up and killed her with a gun," he said.
Police responded to Nichols' 911 call from the couple's residence at 3417 Allen St. about 9 p.m. June 29 and found Mrs. Nichols dead at the scene.
According to the affidavit, the couple argued because Nichols was "staying gone every Friday."
Nichols told police that he went to Willow Brook Country Club about noon and had a drink and then went to Dakota's restaurant where he had a couple more drinks with friends before returning home about 5 p.m.
"Rosiland Nichols started a verbal argument with him in reference to him staying gone every Friday. Bob Nichols advised that she kept following him around the residence for about four hours and she told him to leave the house."
Nichols told police that he told his wife that he did not have to leave his own house, but she reiterated her demands.
Nichols said that is when he went to his pickup and retrieved that handgun and put it in his pocket upon re-entering the house where he told her to stop harassing him.
"He advised she continued to nag him, so he pulled out his handgun and shot her twice in the abdomen while she was seated on the couch in the living room," the affidavit states.
Police said Nichols said he pulled the trigger a third time but believes the weapon misfired.
"He advised that Rosiland immediately clutched her stomach area and slumped over," the affidavit states.
Nichols also said he sat her back up on the couch and she gasped for breath, then stopped breathing.
"He attempted to give her mouth-to-mouth, but at that point, she was dead," the document states.
Nichols waited 15 minutes and then called 911 reporting the shooting and stating he was responsible.
"Bob Nichols declared remorse for what he did and further displayed remorse by crying and stating that he has ruined everyone's life that is in his family," the affidavit states.
Nichols, who was married to Rosiland for 26 years, has been charged with her death and has bonded out of jail on a $750,000 bail.
He told The Associated Press on Friday that he's never been in trouble, but after a few drinks with his buddies he came home and his wife began nagging him.
Nichols said he doesn't really "remember what happened" before the shooting.
He said it was "almost like blacking out," so he had hoped it was only a dream.