Prosecutors waited less than a week to file murder charges against a man they say stalked the mother of his two children and stabbed her as many as 50 times with a knife and screwdriver.
David Dean Nichols Jr., 40, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of Jenna Flippo, 35.
Flippo's body was found about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the front lawn of her home at 2831 SW 63. Nichols was arrested about six hours later at a Del City convenience store, police said.
It marked the county's first homicide of 2013.
First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said it was too early to say if prosecutors would seek the death penalty against Nichols.
Rowland said the victim was stabbed between 30 and 50 times, and the knife blade broke during the attack.
“It was particularly vicious,” he said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, witnesses told police Flippo was attacked when she walked out her front door to go to the store. Her attacker, they said, was a white male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, who appeared to be lying in wait.
The witnesses told police Nichols had threatened to kill Flippo in the past. He asked one witness for a ride to her house about two hours before she was killed, police said.
Nichols became irate and threatened the witness, who pulled into a convenience store about two blocks from the victim's house “to get the suspect out of the vehicle,” according to the affidavit.
Other witnesses told investigators they saw Nichols “covered in blood” when he arrived at their location, police reported.
Nichols told them he “got into a fight with two black males at the victim's house,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.
Witnesses called Nichols “a very violent individual who is bi-polar and was obsessed with how (Flippo) was living her life,” police said.
Nichols and Flippo had two children together but were separated, police said.
Court documents show Flippo had been abused in 2005 by Nichols, and she told police he threatened her in November.