Crime & Safety

Naive woman uses trivial tactic to get rid of evidence in front of police after brutally beating to death 79-year-old man who lived with her before setting home on fire

In a recent unsettling incident, a 35-year-old woman faces serious allegations surrounding the tragic death of her 79-year-old roommate. The shared residence became a crime scene after a reported violent altercation, culminating in a fire that engulfed the property.

As investigations unfold, a web of evidence, erratic personal accounts, and procedural challenges present a complex narrative. The following details the sequence of events, the discoveries made by law enforcement, and the subsequent legal proceedings.

The 35-year-old woman, Nichole A. M., has been arrested following allegations that she caused the death of her 79-year-old roommate, Michael C. The incident reportedly took place in their shared residence and involved severe physical harm before the house was set ablaze. Nichole was subsequently apprehended over a month later.

Court records show that Nichole was detained on a Saturday evening. She faces charges which include first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest with violence in connection to Mr. Michael’s death.

Data from a probable cause affidavit highlights that on July 1, 2023, at around 1:46 a.m., police responded to an urgent call concerning a house fire on Clark Street. The first responders, primarily firefighters, discovered a male individual on the upper floor of the property. Preliminary observations suggested he had sustained severe injuries, predominantly at the back of his head, accompanied by multiple puncture wounds.

The police, upon arriving, secured vital evidence, including a knife with traces of blood, two mobile phones, and distinct blood patterns on the interior walls. It is noted that one of the phones was linked to Nichole, who was conspicuously absent when emergency services reached the location. Following this discovery, authorities classified her as a person of interest.

Subsequent investigations led a detective to identify Nichole, notably without shoes, in a restaurant located in Florida at roughly 3:30 a.m. Upon engagement, she “dropped a knife and a hammer.” The observing officer recorded visible blood stains on her clothing. During an initial inquiry, Nichole offered fluctuating accounts regarding her residential status and association with the deceased, Mr. Michael. She “denied knowing the victim” but later acknowledged a brief cohabitation period. Her shifting narratives led to her detention.

Following her arrest, Nichole provided additional statements, one of which included her periodic visits to the upper section of the house to “feed her spiders.” While she initially negated possessing any weapons, she later admitted to their ownership. Upon discussing the fire incident, Nichole displayed signs of distress, subsequently seeking legal counsel.

During her detention, the police informed Nichole of their intention to conduct a DNA test. In response, she requested a Diet Mountain Dew. However, as outlined in the affidavit, “Nichole began to procrastinate while drinking the soft drink then when [a detective] attempted to grab the can of soda from Nichole’s hands, she began to resist and began pouring the can of soda all over her body and hair and pulling away from officers in attempts to interfere with the possible evidence on Nichole’s body. Nichole then began pulling and kicking officers while trying to secure Nichole in the vehicle. Due to Nichole’s actions, she was charged with tampering with evidence and resisting arrest with violence.”

Further investigations revealed a match between the DNA from the aforementioned knife and Nichole’s sample.

Currently, Nichole remains in custody without the possibility of bail. Her formal arraignment is slated for Sept. 5.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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