Hearing continued in fatal Toler Lane shooting
December 19, 2013
A preliminary hearing for a 29-year-old Gardnerville woman accused of murdering her roommate is continued to Jan. 8.
Attorney Derrick Lopez, representing suspect Nicole Followill, asked Wednesday to continue the hearing originally set for Dec. 20.
Followill is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail, charged with open murder with use of a firearm.
Lopez told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins that he had not received the reports in connection with the Dec. 2 shooting death of Jason Richard Thrift, 33.
According to court documents, Followill reportedly told investigators and her brother that she shot Thrift because he was beating her.
She is accused of shooting him once in the head at the home they shared on Toler Lane in Gardnerville.
According to reports, she had bruising and swelling on her left cheek “consistent with being struck in the face.”
She appeared at her first court appearance with a black eye.
Followill’s brother told investigators Thrift contacted him twice on Dec. 2, requesting a place to stay because he said the suspect attacked him, and was kicking him out of the house.
When Thrift failed to show up, Followill’s brother drove to the house from his apartment on nearby Waterloo Lane. He said he heard a gunshot when he was one house away from his sister’s and saw Thrift’s body lying in the doorway of the rental. Thrift’s belongings were on the front lawn, according to reports.
According to Thrift’s Facebook page, he was a 2000 graduate of Mohave High School in Bullhead City, Ariz., and worked for TNT Framing. He left Bullhead City last year.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November 2001 to June 2005.