Texas man says he regrets killing wife in argument

Associated Press Modified: July 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012

DALLAS (AP) — A retired 75-year-old dentist accused of fatally shooting his wife said Friday that he "screwed up" when he got home after drinking with his friends, saying he doesn't remember details of the night and misses his wife but acknowledged shooting her in their East Texas home.

Bobby Nichols spoke with The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home in Tyler three days after he posted a $750,000 bond and was released from jail. He is charged with murder in the June 29 death of 71-year-old Rosiland Nichols, to whom he had been married for 26 years.

"We just got in a fight and I screwed up and killed her with a gun," Nichols said during the interview. "I miss her very much. I loved her."

Tyler police arrested Nichols after receiving a 911 call from a man who identified himself as Dr. Bobby Nichols and who requested an ambulance and the sheriff, saying he had just shot his wife. According to the arrest affidavit, Nichols told officers he and his wife had argued about him being out every Friday and "he had all he could handle."

Nichols told the AP that he had never been in trouble in the past, which police and court records confirmed. He said after a few mixed drinks with friends at the local country club and a restaurant, he and his wife began arguing when he got home. He said he didn't really "remember what happened" before the shooting, saying it was "almost like blacking out" though he thought he was sober.

According to the arrest affidavit, Nichols said his wife told him to leave the house but he refused. He then went to his pickup truck, got a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and went back inside, where he told his wife to "please not fight with him anymore ... she continued to nag him so he pulled out his handgun and shot her twice in the abdomen," the affidavit said.

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