UPDATE: A Provo Judge deferred the bail hearing until late September. Nichols remains free on bail. His lawyers declined to speak with 2News following today's court hearing.
(KUTV) Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday morning against a Spanish Fork man accused of strangling his wife inside their home.
Despite the murder charge, Curtis Nichols, 35, is out of jail after a woman posted a bail of $100,000 cash.
According to police, Nichols called 911 around 11 p.m. on August 24 claiming he found his wife Robin Nichols on the floor. Nichols told police his wife wasn’t breathing and was cold to the touch.
A police report indicates officers observed injuries to Robin Nichols’ neck and did not see any signs of an intruder.
According to court documents filed Wednesday, an autopsy of Robin Nichols revealed broken bones in her neck and other signs that she was strangled. The medical examiner’s office determined her death to be a homicide, and the cause of death to be strangulation.
Nichols told police he was at Walmart and McDonalds on the night of the Robin Nichol’s death.
Police investigators, however, wrote that he had signs of injures on his forehead that appeared to be scratch marks.
“He claimed to have sustained that injury when he banged his head on a kitchen cabinet or drawer as he was administering CPR to his wife. However, he additionally was found to have scratch marks on his upper arms and dig or scratch marks on his lower left inner arm,” a probable cause statement read.
Spanish Fork Police took skin samples from under Robin Nichol’s fingertips and sent them to the state crime lab for testing. Court documents revealed the DNA test matched Curtis Nichols.
Nichols is now charged with murder and three counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors are expected to discuss whether he will be allowed to remain free on the $100,000 bail in lieu of the new charges.