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Accused killer sought in two states

Terry Nichols when he was arrested in Crisp County in 2000 (Source: Crisp Co. Sheriff) Terry Nichols when he was arrested in Crisp County in 2000 (Source: Crisp Co. Sheriff)
Terry Nichols when he was processed into the state prison system in 2001 (Source: Ga. Dept. of Corrections) Terry Nichols when he was processed into the state prison system in 2001 (Source: Ga. Dept. of Corrections)

July 19, 2004

Dooly County-- A suspected killer is on the run. A Crisp County man is accused of killing his girlfriend in a jealous rage, and then trying to kill her mother.

GBI agents comb 54-year-old Brenda Jacobs' home, where she and her 22-year-old daughter were shot just after 2:00AM Monday morning.

"Apparently he shot the lady in the trailer then ran the other one down," said Dooly County Sheriff Van Peavy.

Police think 21-year-old Terry Nichols broke into Jacob's home through a window because he was angry with Jacob's daughter, Brandy Smith. He shot her multiple times.

Brandy's mother tried to escape, but was shot. "Well, I think she was shot coming out of the trailer and that didn't stop her, so I think he ran her across and caught her over there at the back of the other trailer."

Police say Nichols ran out of bullets, so he pistol whipped the woman behind her neighbor's home. She was already suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He then took off in his red truck, leaving it in the Cordele Wal-Mart's parking lot, and walking across the street to the Shoney's.

"About five after five this morning, two of my employees were held up here unfortunately, both are safe, we are thankful for that," said Shoney's Owner Dallas Hunt.

Nichols took some cash and a red Mustang belonging to one of the Shoney's employees. "I can't characterize his actions as rational," said G.B.I. Special Agent Gary Rothwell. "I would say he is acting very desperate at this time and we hope to apprehend him soon."

The hunt is on for Nichols, and agents think he is heading to Florida. Brenda Jacobs is being treated at Macon Medical Center.

Nichols is thought to have stopped in Albany around 7:30 this morning, where he called his mother from a phone booth.

Nichols is considered armed and dangerous. If you think you see him, please call the Sylvester GBI Post at 229-777-2080, Albany Police at 229-431-2100, or the Georgia State Patrol at 430-4248, or 911.

posted at 4:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com