Champaign County teen accused of murder indicted in adult court

  • Parker Perry
  • Staff Writer
4:20 p.m Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 Crime
Donovan Nicholas. A judge has previously ordered his face not to be shown. Staff photo

A teenager who claims to have multiple personalities was indicted in adult court last week.

Donovan Nicholas, 15, is charged with aggravated murder and murder in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

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He was 14 at the time prosecutors allege he shot and stabbed 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor in April at his home. Taylor was his father’s live-in girlfriend and surrogate mother, according to court testimony.

He can be heard in a 9-1-1 call obtained by the Springfield News-Sun saying someone else inside him allegedly killed Taylor.

Nicholas had pleaded not guilty to an aggravated murder charge in juvenile court and is set to be arraigned in adult court at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. He will appear in front of Champaign County Common Pleas Court Judge Nick Selvaggio.

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Champaign County Family Court Judge Lori Reisinger moved his case to adult court.

A forensic psychologist found Nicholas suffers from a disassociative disorder. Forensic Psychologist Daniel Hrinko revealed his diagnosis while he testified during a Champaign County Juvenile Court hearing. The hearing was to determine whether the court should keep Nicholas in the juvenile court system or if should be moved.

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According to defense attorney Darrell Heckman, it is believed Nicholas alleged split personality is a character from an internet horror series named Jeff the Killer. The character is known for fictitious brutal killings on the shows.

Kevin Talebi declined to comment for this article.

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