Local authorities in Mad River Township, about 50 miles west of Columbus, say that a 14-year-old boy told an emergency 911 dispatcher in Ohio that his alternate personality killed his father's girlfriend. According to the Springfield News-Sun, eighth-grader Donovan Nicholas told a 911 dispatcher that it was "another person inside of me" who was responsible for stabbing and shooting to death Heidi Taylor (40). The boy and his father shared the home with the deceased woman in Mad River.
Authorities have charged the boy with aggravated murder in Champaign County Juvenile Court. According to his attorney, the teen has mental health problems.
During his 911 call, the teenaged suspect said Taylor was his mother and that he hates "Jeff," the alternate personality who supposedly killed the woman and who was going to make him die in prison.
On April 7, prosecutors told the court that the slim 14-year-old lured Taylor in and killed her with premeditation. Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said Nicholas used multiple weapons, “including a knife and a gun.”
Sheriff's deputies were summoned to the shared home in Mad River Township at about 6 p.m. on April 6, finding Taylor dead.
The father of the boy, Shane Nicholas, has had custody of Donovan for the past 11 years. Young Donovan remains in detention because of his stated intention to flee after the killing. Shane sobbed inconsolably during the April 7 court session. He would not speak to journalists. Defense attorney Darrell Heckman said in court that Donovan Nicholas has never been in trouble before, and asked that he be released to his father's recognizance and ordered to wear a monitor while on house arrest. Heckman said, “To say that he is a flight risk is, quite frankly, silly.” The judge disagreed, sending the boy back to detention while ordering a psychological examination.
Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said he may still consider trying the boy as an adult.
Nicholas is an eighth-grader at Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris.
Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.