Murder Suspect Accused of Assaulting Pregnant Fiancée


Aerial view of Dallas County Jail. | Image by G.J. McCarthy, The Dallas Morning News

A Dallas man suspected of fatally shooting his wife in 2019 is back in jail after being accused of assaulting his pregnant fiancée. According to Dallas Police, Peter Noble Nicholas III, 33 years old, was arrested on June 11 on charges of assault on a pregnant person and deadly conduct arising from multiple incidents.

Police wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit that Nicholas got into an argument with his fiancée on June 9, verbally abusing the woman, who was 32 weeks pregnant.

According to the affidavit, Nicholas followed his fiancée to the shower and asked her to perform a sexual act on him. He then choked her from behind and said vulgar words to her. The woman told Nicholas to stop the inappropriate touching. According to her, he said he was joking, but she did not believe him.

After the woman got into the shower, Nicholas choked her again, and when she asked him to stop, he punched her in the stomach, the affidavit states. The woman, pregnant with twins, then told him that the punch could cause complications with her pregnancy, and Nicholas told her that “everything will be easier” if she did as he said.

Police said the woman’s 6-year-old son was at home at the time of the assault, but he did not witness the incident.

Two days later, the woman said that she was driving on Interstate 35E with Nicholas in the passenger seat when he got angry and pushed her arms to control the car. According to her, she was forced to jerk the vehicle to avoid a crash. That incident was one of those that led to his charge of deadly conduct.

When they got home, Nicholas disabled the internet, hid the woman’s keys, disabled her car, and changed her phone passcode to control her and her son. He also locked her out of her bedroom. 

Police say the woman told them about other incidents that happened between May 20 to June 11. According to the affidavit, officials plan to investigate Nicholas for five potential family-violence offenses stemming from his pregnant fiancée’s report to the police. The status of the investigation is unknown at this time.

At the time of this incident, Nicholas was out on bond after being arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, to whom he had been married for eight years. 

In July 2019, police went to Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas after someone had called 911 to say they heard a woman screaming. The caller called again to report that the woman was threatening suicide.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, hotel security guards went to the room, but no one answered the door when they knocked. As they waited, the guards said they heard a gunshot. They then heard crashing sounds after a man was heard cursing and screaming, “Oh my god!”

When Nicholas opened the door for responding officers, they saw him partially covered in blood. As written in the affidavit, he had an extension cord wrapped around his neck.

Officers said Nicholas followed their instructions at first but later stopped and began screaming and fighting them. They then used a stun gun to subdue him and took him to Baylor University Medical Center because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. 

When officers checked the room, they found his wife, Jacqueline-Rose Nicholas, dead. The 32-year-old had been shot. A handgun was also recovered from a backpack in the room.

Nicholas was later arrested and indicted on a murder charge in November 2019. Days later, he was released on a $250,000 bond. 

Nicholas’ attorney said that Nicholas and his wife had both ingested hallucinogens before the shooting.

In March 2020, a new charge of aggravated assault was added to Nicholas for the same incident. His trial for the aggravated assault charge is scheduled in August.

In light of his new offense, he is being held in the Dallas County jail without bail.

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