The punishment phase begins Thursday morning.
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Parrish asked Dr. R.J. Donaldson, a retired neurosurgeon and a personal friend of Nichols if the witness was aware of Nichols being addicted to the nitrous oxide he had in his office.
The witness said he did not.
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He said he sat her up, closed her eyes and called police.
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Judge Kerry Russell reprimanded prosecutors in court this morning because they did not immediately notify Nichols' defense attorney about his weekend arrest. Russell said he would be notifying the State Bar of Texas to investigate the conduct of Jason Parrish and Richard Vance.
Bobby Ray Nichols, 76, on trial since last week on a murder charge, was re-arrested Saturday because “the defendant has purchased and possessed alcoholic beverages on January 19, 2013,” according to a bond-violation report that Smith County 114th District Judge Christi Kennedy signed.
Prosecutors declined comment Tuesday because the case is ongoing.
The report states that Nichols violated the conditions of his $750,000 bond.
The 7th District Court is expected to resume the murder trial today after Judge Kerry Russell's absence Friday and Tuesday.
Nichols told authorities he fired two shots as his wife sat on a couch in their home. The first shot hit the couch, but the second shot hit the victim in her in the lower torso, causing her to bleed internally, prosecutors said in opening statements. Nichols tried a third shot, but the gun jammed, prosecutors said.
On Thursday, Dr. Bridget Eutinier, who performed the autopsy on Mrs. Nichols on July 2, said the victim died of a gunshot wound to the torso, and the body had several bruises on the chest and an abrasion.
“She had 1,200 milliliters of blood in her peritoneal cavity,” Dr. Eutinier told the jury on Thursday. That cavity houses the stomach, intestines, liver and spleen, she said.
The defendant admitted to numerous individuals, including the police, friends, an emergency services dispatcher and a bail bondsman, that he killed his wife.
He faces from up to 99 years in prison if convicted of the murder charge. Bradley Lollar of Dallas is defending Nichols.