RICHARD ALLEN NICOLAS
Thirty one year old Richard Allen Nicolas from Govans had the life. Coming from a close, tight knit, educated family, he took his life and career seriously. He built a career for himself working as an emergency medical technician for American Ambulance and Oxygen and as a copier repair technician at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. In the midst of building a life and future for himself, he had a one night stand with a young woman and Aja Amber Alexus Nicolas came along ruining his plans. Other than a hospital visit when the child was born, he pretty much avoided his daughter and her mom but when Aja’s mom filed a paternity suit case on him seeking child support to help pay for daycare, he suddenly took an interest in the child. Ordered to pay $160 a week in child support, he complained constantly to his friends and Aja’s mother that the payments were making him broke while mom saved up enough to buy a house. He took matters in his own hands taking a $15,000 Gerber Life Insurance policy on his daughter making him the sole beneficiary. Then on July 26 1996 on what was his first evening out alone with the 2 year old, her mom reluctantly allowed him to take her to see “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” After seeing the movie with his daughter, he drove on to an industrial park on Bowley’s Lane at about 10pm and shot the toddler in the face as she sat in the passenger seat of his car. Telling the cops a long haired white man tapped his bumper and shot into his car, they quickly dismissed that story because the evidence clearly showed that she was shot on the left side of her face from the driver’s side, at close range. Besides, he still had the gun residue on his hands when they were tested. Even though he continued to maintain his innocence, a jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of shooting his only child and he got a sentence of life without parole.
RICHARD WAYNE SPICKNALL
Twenty seven year old Richard Wayne Spicknall from Laurel couldn’t take the fact that he couldn’t abuse and control his wife anymore after she filed for a divorce from him. Fights over the divorce and custody of 2 year old Richard Wayne Spicknall lll and 3 year old Destiny Array Spicknall took it’s toll on September 9 1999. He picked the kids up from his estranged wife to take them on a trip to Ocean City. While driving, he became depressed over the divorce and started crying. With a loaded .9mm Smith and Wesson in the glove compartment, he thought about shooting himself but couldn’t get up enough nerve. He did, however, muster up enough courage to tell his kids, ‘I love you guys. I don’t ever want to leave you‘ before blasting his son in the chest and his daughter in the stomach while they slept in their car seats. After shooting them, he jumped off the Choptank River but survived the fall. He finally called 911 and concocted up a story that he had tried to help a hitchhiker but somehow the hitchhiker – who had a gun – ended up carjacking him with the kids inside. The hitchhiker pushed him off the Malkus Bridge then drove off with his kids still in the car. He told them he swam to the pier to call the cops. Construction workers found the Jeep Wrangler the next day and his son was pronounced dead at Dorchester County Hospital. His daughter was resuscitated and after emergency surgery, she was flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center fighting unsuccessfully for her life. She died shortly after with her mom by her side. Cops found all kinds of lies in his story including the fact that his first 911 call didn’t come in until more than 3 hours after he said he got carjacked. Arrested and charged with the first degree murder of his two kids, the former manager of The ESPN Zone pleaded guilty in the middle of his trial to avoid the death penalty. He got 2 life sentences without the possibility for parole plus 40 years. Maybe justice served itself when 7 years into his sentence he was discovered dead in a maximum security prison shower in Jessup. Found with a rag or a towel stuffed in his mouth, he was asphyxiated in protective custody by a man who was already serving a double life sentence. Correctional officers tried CPR on him but no luck.
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