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DA: Oroville woman held to answer for murder of husband

District Attorney Mike Ramsey said an Oroville woman will be held to answer for the 2020 murder of her husband with a handgun.

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 2:25 PM
Updated: Jun 23, 2021 3:14 PM

OROVILLE, Calif.- A wife will be held to answer for the murder of her husband from Nov. 6, 2020, in their Oroville apartment on Grand Ave., according to the Butte County District Attorney's Office. 

Jessica Nichols, 23, was in court Tuesday and heard the evidence that supported the judge's decision to uphold the murder and weapon charges brought by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. 

The evidence presented at the preliminary hearing showed that Nichols, shot her husband, Mateo Lange, 22, several times with a handgun.

Neighbors informed Oroville police they heard two shots in the couple's apartment at around 6:45 a.m.

Nichols then came out from the apartment with their 22-month-old son and gave the boy to a neighbor. Nichols went back to the apartment and one-shot was heard, according to Ramsey. 

Ramsey said Oroville police found Nichols with a handgun. Officers then disarmed and arrested Nichols.

Judge Jesus Rodriguez ruled that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial in the murder case against Nichols. Her arraignment is set for July 1.

Nichols' bail was previously set at $2,050,000 and she remains in custody. 

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