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Guilty plea in stabbing death
Decatur woman pleads to lesser
charge in boyfriend's '03 slaying

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A Decatur woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in Morgan County Circuit Court in the stabbing death of her boyfriend more than three years ago.

Kimberly Tucker Nicholas, 38, of 514 13th Ave. N.W. entered the plea before Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler.

Tucker was originally charged with murder in the death of Frederick Orland Williams, 28, of Tuscaloosa. Williams had been living with friends in Decatur for several months, police said.

She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter before her trial was to begin Monday.

Decatur police responded to a call at Sterrs Homes on Sunset Drive Northwest on Oct. 19, 2003. They found Williams with a stab wound to the neck, according to reports.

At the time, police said Nicholas was apparently angry over Williams' involvement with another woman.

"Witnesses said the victim reportedly told her to leave him alone," Sgt. Rick Archer said at the time. "She refused and continued to confront him. When he went into the house, she picked up a beer bottle on the ground and broke it on the steps. He came back out. She lunged at him and left a considerable stab wound to the neck."

Williams fell to the ground, and police said they believe he died quickly from significant blood loss.

Nicholas and two friends left the scene, and police found her at her home hours later.

Paler set sentencing for Aug. 16. Nicholas applied for probation and remains free on bond pending the sentencing hearing.

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