Children file to keep suspect husband from money
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org April 1, 2013 6:04PM
Updated: May 3, 2013 6:34AM
Diane Nichols’ children don’t think her husband, who is in the county jail accused of her murder, should be able to collect their mom’s retirement and insurance benefits.
The adult children, one of whom was appointed executor of Diane Nichols’ estate, have asked a Will County judge to find that Jerry Nichols unjustifiably caused her death and is not entitled to the money.
Nichols, a former La Grange Public Works Department employee, called for an ambulance just after 11 a.m. on Jan. 26, saying he had accidentally run into his wife while backing out of the garage at their Crest Hill home. But authorities say it was no accident, and that Jerry Nichols purposely ran his wife down.
She died in the emergency room less than an hour after her husband alerted authorities, and an autopsy showed she died from multiple injuries due to blunt trauma.
Nichols, a Vietnam veteran, had no criminal history at the time.
But authorities say that when an emergency worker arrived at the Nichols’ home on Jan. 26, Nichols was in the garage and allegedly stomped on his wife’s head at least twice. Nichols told the worker he accidentally hit his wife when the vehicle wasn’t in the gear he thought it was.
Jerry Nichols was arrested Jan. 28 on charges of first degree murder, reckless homicide and aggravated domestic battery.
Nichols is currently jailed in lieu of $5 million bail. His next court date is scheduled for April 25.
The complaint filed by Nichols’ children is scheduled to be heard by a judge on July 15.
Nichols retired in November after working 37 years for the La Grange Public Works Department. In an interview with The Doings newspaper at the time, he said he would be spending time with his family, specifically mentioning his second wife and five grandchildren.