MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN FREDERICK CO.
(Knoxville, MD) â€“ Maryland State Police have charged a man with the murder of his brother that occurred last night in the Frederick County home where they both lived.
The accused is identified as Allen L. Nichols, 45, of the 200-block of Knoxville Road, Knoxville, Md. After consultation with the Frederick County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office, State Police homicide investigators have charged Nichols with first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, first degree assault, and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. The accused has been taken to the Frederick County Central Booking Unit at the detention center where he is being held without bond, pending a bond review.
The victim is identified as Terry J. Nichols, 43, of the same address. Nichols was the brother of the accused and lived in the same home with their mother and an older brother. The victimâ€™s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Maryland State Police troopers and Frederick County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies responded to the 200-block of Knoxville Road, Knoxville, Md., at about 10:45 p.m. yesterday, after a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a shooting at a residence there. The victim was found in the kitchen of the home and was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel on the scene. The victim had sustained what appears to be a gunshot wound to the head. No other persons in the home at the time of the shooting were injured.
Police found Allen Nichols in a bedroom upstairs. He was arrested without incident.
Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators, with assistance from State Police crime scene technicians and investigators from the Frederick County Bureau of Criminal Investigation, continue to process the scene this morning and conduct interviews of witnesses. A handgun has been recovered from the house and will be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Laboratory for ballistic examination to determine if it was used in the murder.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was on the first floor of the home last night talking with his mother and others who were there. They heard the accused banging on the floor of his upstairs bedroom and said they were aware he was apparently upset over noise they were making.
Minutes later, the accused allegedly came downstairs and met the victim who had gone into the kitchen. An argument ensued between the two and witnesses heard a gunshot.
The investigation is continuing.
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