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Nichols Trial - Day 2: State rests their case

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Day two in the trial of an East Texas dentist charged with the murder of his wife began Thursday morning.

76-year-old Bobby Ray Nichols told police he shot and killed Rosalind Nichols in the couple's home last June. Wednesday in court, Nichols pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Officers and crime scene investigators have testified, as well as the justice of the peace who pronounced Rosalind dead. Nearly a dozen witnesses took the stand, Wednesday.

KLTV's Melanie Torre will be in the courtroom again this morning, bringing us live updates, which we will post below. Keep checking back to KLTV.com for the latest in trial developments.


Video shows Nichols confess to police

The state calls Detective Craig Shine. Shine has been with the Tyler Police Department for 18 years.

Shine says, when he arrived on the scene, Nichols had been taken into custody and officers were securing a perimeter around the home.

Detective Shine says he was informed Nichols had been read his rights and had made incriminating statements. Shine says Nichols wanted to talk to a detective so he was taken to the police department where they recorded an interview.

A video recording of that interview is played for the jury.

At the beginning of the interview, Nichols asks if he can have a glass of water. This takes a while to get and Nichols apologizes for asking for the water by saying, "It was too much trouble sending you for water. I shouldn't have done that."

Nichols makes small talk with the detective abut how Nichols was in the reserves with J.B.

While waiting for the interview to start, Nichols asks what makes people do what he did.

The video shows crime scene investigators swabbing Nichols' hands. He asks them if they want to check and see if he shot [the gun].

Twelve minutes into the video, police ask Nichols to spell his full name. He tells police he is right handed. Nichols says he has not washed his hands since the incident.

Then, Nichols is left alone in the interview room again for several minutes.

Seventeen minutes into the video, detective Shine enters the interview room.

Detective Shine says he is sorry about what has gone on tonight. Nichols replies, "You're as sorry as I am."

Shine reads Nichols his rights for what he says is the second time tonight.

In an interview that is at least an hour long, Nichols says he got home and Rosalind wouldn't stop fighting with him and "she just wouldn't shut up." Nichols tells the detective he went out and got his 9mm from the truck and put it in his pocket. He tells the detective,

Nichols: Listen, I said, I just can't stand it and I shot her. And she said, 'Oh hell.' And she slumped over. And then I sat her back up to see if I could get her breathing. I tried to give her mouth-to-mouth and all that crap, but I could just tell she was dead.

In the interview with Tyler Police Detective Shine, Nichols says he has destroyed their family, and doesn't plan to fight the charges.

Nichols: I'm just going to take what they give me. I'm not going to fight it. I don't need a lawyer

Nichols tells the detective he wishes he hadn't shot his wife, but he did.

Nichols: I've said about all I know to say. Except... I'm sorry. That's it.

Testimony Thursday end with video that KLTV 7 captured outside of the courthouse in July. In that video, Nichols says, "I killed my wife." That video was the third time the jury heard Nichols confess to killing his wife.

The state calls Mr. Thompson from the DPS crime lab. He explains one of his jobs is to examine firearms and determine if they are safe. After examining the firearm in this case, he found that the firearm was jammed. After applying lubrication, the firearm was functioning properly and three test fires showed the weapon to be working again.

The state calls Bridgette Eutenier, a forensic pathologist. Eutenier goes over her extensive study and work experience from California to Australia to Tennessee.

Eutenier says she performed Rosalind's autopsy on July 2, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. Eutenier explains how pathologists examine the outside if the body and work their way in. Eutenier explains Rosalind had a gunshot wound to the torso as well as a few blunt force injuries. Eutenier says Rosalind's internal injuries were to the small bowel, the mesentery, the left external iliac artery and vein. Eutenier confirms the bullet went in through the lower torso and out through the lower back.

The state presents photos of Rosalind's autopsy to the jury. Eutenier explains what the jury is looking at in each photo and why the photos were taken. In one photo of Rosalind's chest, the pathologist points out two markings that she believes resemble bruises.

Eutenier tells the jury that the bullet basically broke the bone in Rosalind's behind and clipped the artery that provides blood to the left lower extremities.

Eutenier says injuries like Rosalind's could take a number of minutes to kill you. She testifies that Rosalind could still breathe, think and hear as she was dying.

Eutenier says Rosalind had alcohol and a blood pressure medication in her system at the time of death. Her BAC was .224.

Eutenier says Rosalind had bruising injuries on her hands, thigh and breast. Eutenier says Rosiland had some instances of natural disease including an enlarged heart, a fatty liver and severe plaque build up in a main artery to the heart. Eutenier says Rosalind was relatively healthy for 71 years old.

During cross examination, the defense asks Eutenier if she previously testified that Rosalind died in a minute. Eutenier says no, not a minute, but multiple minutes. Lollar asks how long it took for Rosalind to die and Eutenier says its impossible to say exactly how long without actually being there.

Eutenier goes over the BAC with Lollar. Lollar asks if Rosiland, with a BAC of .22, was inebriated. Eutenier says she can't say what state Rosalind was in because Eutenier is unfamiliar with Rosalind's drinking history. Eutenier says bodies handle the BAC level of .22 differently depending on how much they're used to drinking on the regular.

The state takes over the witness again and asks how Rosalind's BAC affected what killed her. Eutenier says it doesn't. 

The state calls Bill Bobbitt, a bail bondsman.

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