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Man Shoots Wife Dead With Their Children In The House

On Friday, Gary Lee Nickal, 39, was arrested on first-degree murder charges. The Westminister, Colorado man first called police on the morning of April 28 to say his wife Molly Jean Nickal, 35, had committed suicide by shooting herself with a shotgun. Cops arrived on the scene and soon found that the evidence did not match Nickal's story.

Mrs. Nickal was shot twice from a shotgun that was found in an adjacent bedroom. Police also saw Gary Lee licking blood off of his hands. Investigators took measurements of the gun's barrel and found it to be 13.5 inches longer than her arm--that means it would have been nearly impossible for her to fire the weapon herself.

The arrest affidavit read, "It would not have been possible for Molly Nickal to have fired the weapon into her head if she had been holding the gun without the aid of a device to push the trigger. No such device was found in or around the scene of the shooting." One of the couple's three children told police, "Daddy took the gun from mommy and shot it so she wouldn't hurt herself anymore."

In addition, two of Mrs. Nickal's sisters told police that the family had worried her husband was abusive. The couple was once separated, but Mrs. Nickal struggled financially. After the birth of their baby boy, the couple reunited.

Gary Lee is now being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday at 10 a.m. The Nickals' three children--two daughters, eight and seven, and a three-month-old son--are in the custody of family members.

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