Amador County Man Faces Murder Charge

Amador County Man Faces Murder Charge

An Amador County man facing second-degree murder charges appeared in Calaveras County Court last week. Tyler Nichols originally arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and then later charged with vehicular manslaughter for the accident that lead to the death of his 4-year-old son Jace, now faces the more serious charge.  In August the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office filed an amended complaint to the orginial charges to include the murder charge, for which Nichols appeared in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.  According to the CHP’s report, 31 year old Nichols was driving while under the influence of alcohol and an unnamed drug when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, allowing it to leave the roadway and strike a large oak tree. His son Jace was critically injured and later died at a hospital.  In addition to the murder charge, Nichols also faces four other counts related to drunk driving and special allegations that he was convicted of drunk driving in Amador County in 2007 and was also convicted of domestic violence in 2006 and 2014, and was convicted in Amador for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2011. Public Defender Scott Gross, speaking on behalf of Nichols, denied all the allegations and entered not-guilty pleas to all the charges. Nichols is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 28, meanwhile he remains in custody with bail is set at $1 million.

 

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