(UPDATE: 04/12/2017 9:35 a.m. — Jeffrey Nichols, 26, of Moberly appeared in court this morning for an arraignment. Nichols plead not guilty to 19 felony charges against him including murder in the first degree, armed criminal action, burglary in the first degree, and robbery in the first degree. Nichols also put in a judicial transfer request which has not been granted at this time. No other hearings have been scheduled.)
RANDOLPH COUNTY, Mo. – One man will appear in court for an arraignment this Wednesday for crimes committed during a crime spree that occurred on March 31, 2013 .
Jeffrey Nichols, 26, of Moberly has 19 felony charges against him including murder in the first degree, armed criminal action, burglary in the first degree, and robbery in the first degree. Christopher Lewis, 23 , who acted alongside Nichols, was sentenced in May 2016. Lewis received Life without parole for the murder of a 92 year old woman as well as over 350 years combined for other charges.
According to probable cause statements, Nichols and Lewis admitted they entered the residence of Carmelita Kaser, 92, to steal money. Nichols also admitted to assaulting Kaser with a large knife as well as taking her vehicle. The large knife, being described as a machete, was stolen from Wal-Mart at an earlier time.
Later investigation showed Nichols and Lewis attempted to burn Kaser’s vehicle
Sometime between 7:30 and 8:15 p.m., Nichols ad Lewis stole firearms, electronics, and cash from another residence in Higbee. Both men also admitted to stealing another vehicle, which they later wrecked.
Shortly after wrecking the second stolen vehicle, two farmers were shot by Nichols and Lewis. Both farmers were transported to the hospital for serious injuries. Nichols and Lewis attempted to steal on of the farmers’ vehMarhicles and was unsuccessful. They then took off with the other farmers’ vehicle.
A Huntsville woman was later assaulted by Nichols and Lewis. They admitted to hitting her and threatening her after asking to borrow her phone. Nichols and Lewis then stole her vehicle.
Nichols and Lewis were both found and arrested in Macon the next morning. The last stolen vehicle and cell phone were retrieved within a few blocks of where Nichols and Lewis were found.
Nichols will appear in the Moberly Courthouse at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12 for an arraignment.