Life term sought for ex-dentist in wife's death

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors will seek a life sentence for a retired East Texas dentist convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of his wife.

The penalty phase of Bobby Ray Nichols' murder trial begins Thursday. A Smith County jury deliberated about an hour Wednesday afternoon before returning its verdict.

Nichols, who's 76, fatally shot his 71-year-old wife Rosalind Nichols on June 29 during an argument at their home.

Nichols testified told jurors that he was "in a stupor" and did not intend to fatally shoot his wife during an argument at their home last summer.

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