Police: Dallas man assaulted pregnant fiancée while out on bond in wife’s fatal shooting
Peter Nicholas faces charges of assault of a pregnant person and deadly conduct.
A man out on bond after being accused of fatally shooting his wife in 2019 is back behind bars after police say he assaulted his pregnant fiancée.
Peter Noble Nicholas III, 33, was booked into the Dallas County jail June 11 on charges of assault of a pregnant person and deadly conduct stemming from a pair of incidents this month. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney for those charges.
On June 9, Nicholas began arguing with and verbally abusing his fiancée, who was 32 weeks pregnant with his twins, police allege in an arrest-warrant affidavit.
When the woman went to shower, Nicholas followed her and ordered her to perform a sex act on him. He choked her from behind and said, “You ready to do your job, you [expletive]?” the affidavit says.
The woman told Nicholas to stop touching her inappropriately. He said he was joking, but the woman “knew that the suspect was never joking,” police wrote.
After the woman got in the shower, Nicholas again choked her, then punched her in the stomach when she told him to stop, according to the affidavit.
The woman told him she feared there would be complications with her pregnancy as a result, to which Nicholas replied, “Well, all you gotta do is do as I say and everything will be easier for you,” the affidavit says.
The woman’s 6-year-old son was home at the time but did not witness the incident, police wrote in the affidavit.
Two days later, the woman called police to the home again about an incident that occurred while she was driving on Interstate 35E with Nicholas in the passenger seat. He got angry and pushed her arms to try to control the car, forcing her to jerk the vehicle to avoid a crash, an affidavit for a charge of deadly conduct says.
Her son was not in the vehicle, police said.
After they got home, Nicholas took “numerous extreme measures” to try and control his fiancée and her son — including disabling the internet, hiding the woman’s keys, locking her out of her bedroom, changing the passcode on her phone and disabling her car, police wrote in the document.
Nicholas and his fiancée have lived together since December 2020, police said, and got engaged in late May.
The woman also told officers about a number of other incidents that occurred between May 20 to June 11. Police wrote in an affidavit that five additional potential family-violence offenses were identified and will be investigated further; the status of those investigations is unclear.
Fatal 2019 shooting
Nicholas was arrested July 29, 2019, after police were called about a disturbance at Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas.
According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, someone called 911 and said they heard a woman screaming.
Security guards who went to the room after getting a noise complaint said they heard a gunshot. They then heard a man cursing and screaming “Oh my god,” followed by crashing sounds.
When police arrived, Nicholas opened the door. He was partially covered in blood and had an extension cord wrapped around his neck, police wrote in the affidavit.
He appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was taken to a hospital.
His wife, 32-year-old Jacqueline-Rose Nicholas, was found dead in the room with a gunshot wound. A handgun was also found inside the room, according to the affidavit.
Nicholas was indicted on a murder charge in November 2019 and released from jail on $250,000 bond days later. Court records show he was indicted again in March on an aggravated assault charge for the same incident.
In April, prosecutors and Nicholas’ attorney in that case filed a joint motion seeking a continuance. Prosecutors cited a witness’ availability in their request; Nicholas’ attorney asked the judge for more time to secure an expert witness, noting that Nicholas and his wife had both ingested hallucinogens before the shooting, and to adjust the defense strategy to reflect the new charge.
Nicholas, who is being held in the Dallas County jail without bail, is scheduled to face trial for the aggravated assault charge in August.