TYLER — The murder trial of a retired Tyler dentist is beginning in 7th State District Court. Dr. Bobby Ray Nichols is accused of killing his wife of 26 years. Nichols was in court for pretrial motions Monday. Jury selection was set to begin in the case Tuesday.
Last summer, Nichols told the Associated Press he regrets fatally shooting his wife. Dr. Nichols said that he misses and loved his wife. He said, “We just got in a fight and I screwed up and killed her with a gun.”
Tyler police arrested Nichols and charged him with the June 29 death of Rosiland Nichols, 71. Nichols said he’s never been in trouble, but after a few drinks with his buddies he came home and his wife began nagging him. Nichols said he doesn’t really “remember what happened” before the shooting. He said it was “almost like blacking out,” so he had hoped it was only a dream.