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Man Runs Over Wife, Stomps Her Face in Front of Paramedics: Cops

Although he reported the incident as an accident, the Crest Hill man was charged with murder after police reconstructed what happened, police said.

After running over his wife in their garage and calling 911 for help with the "accident," paramedics arrived just in time to see a Crest Hill man stomping in the dying woman's face, police and prosecutors said.

The man, Jerry Nichols, 62, appeared in bond court before Will County Judge Roger Rickmon Monday afternoon. Nichols faces two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors dropped charges of domestic battery and reckless homicide.

Nichols' wife, Diane Nichols, 57, was taken from their 16040 Arborvitae Circle home to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was pronounced dead at 11:49 a.m. Saturday.

Crest Hill Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said detectives have yet to establish a motive for the alleged Saturday morning attack. Both Wilkerson and Will County Assistant State's Attorney John Connor said Nichols has no known criminal record.

Nichols ran his wife over with a four-door Honda, police said. When Nichols called for an ambulance, he said he accidentally hit her with the car, according to police.

But when the ambulance arrived, there appeared to be nothing accidental about the way Jerry Nichols was going after Diane Nichols, Connor said.

"As emergency personnel approached the scene, the defendant was stomping on the victim's face in the garage," Connor said as he asked Rickmon to hold Nichols in the Will County jail on a $5 million bond.

Nichols' attorney, Stephen Murphy of Oak Lawn, pointed out that his client had been a longtime employee of the LaGrange Public Works Department before retiring. Murphy also said Nichols is also a Vietnam veteran, has lived his entire life in Illinois and was married to his wife for 12 years before her death Saturday. Murphy then asked Rickmon for a $100,000 bond.

"That's not going to happen," said the judge, who kept it at $5 million.

"I think the charges are appropriate and so is the bond with regard to this serious crime," Chief Wilkerson said.

One woman wailed outside the courtroom after the hearing. A man with her said the family did not wish to discuss the case.

An autopsy on Diane Nichols was conducted Monday, and the prelimary cause of death was found to be multiple injuries caused by blunt trauma, Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil said.

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Nancy Stanner February 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Arguably there are 2 issues at play here. #One : if he had access to adequate HEALTHCARE and mental health services, Diane might still be alive. Current stats show that a vet commits suicide every day in our "Greatest Country in the World." #TWO is violence toward women. Notice there are two other stories in the Patch this week: the other old white guy who beat his wife to death with a hammer and the young white guy who put a knife in his girlfriend's heart. Don't forget the physician who molests his patients. It's no wonder that the number one cause of death of women is not cancer, AIDS, or car accidents: it's men.
John Roberts February 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Yeah see you all give a shit about what people think of you..me I don't I say the shit no one wants to say..and this is a discussion section for discussion not dictatorship...right wing..lmao..just a label...see that's the problem people too caught up in the label...your an extremist..lmao just a label and you say this because YYOU do not agree with me...So the world is just supposed to think one way,be one way,ignore the other way of thinking?..here again we try to make an image of what the world is supposed to be and not what it is.....no my friend,fellow citizen..I am the person everyone comes to for help..legal help,money help,sorrows...why because I am as real as you can get,I help anyone I can..and all of your comment is just rambling..Actually go ate read my comments and see and tell me where I am wrong..All isee on here is people quit to say "that's crazy,not right,that's stupid" but ya know what I do not see? Any knowledge going agains what I write..knowledge not some ass just trying to discredit what I say..and am I posting too much for your mind to read?...then don't read it
John Roberts February 02, 2013 at 03:06 PM
But that's realism...people on the patch do not like when people say things like the truth..we're not supposed to think like this...we're supposed to scream out "get the pitch forks and rope and hang him" being real and making sense is not allowed on the patch...Were supposed to ignore that Vienam Vets are mostly jacked up...We have to wait until our troops come back from war to see,we're supposed to ignore the fact that Soldiers Guns are being taken when they get home because of the suicide rate by soldiers..we know it plays a part but that's being real..and if you read the other comments you will see your supposed to be a fake citizen..screaming out what government tells ya to..
irontrain February 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Kind of scary. Not what one human being can do to another. That I've gotten used to, it's those of you commenting for more death. No facts just kill. For every sensible person trying to say calm down and let's learn the facts. Learn what happened so maybe it can be prevented from happening again. For every one person being sensible their seems to be 10 who have a real blood-lust for more death. Kind of scary that these people may be my neighbors.
Christy March 23, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I so agree with you Tim, Sashie and GlockG22... I don't care what a family has gone through or any circumstances surrounding this. It's bad enough the jackass ran her over but stomping her head in after the fact is overkill. Maybe someone should do to him as he did to her. Then lets see what you're saying Shannon about what that person did to your uncle. I hope he burns in hell for what he did!!

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