A Champaign County eighth grader accused of killing his dad’s girlfriend details how she died in a revealing 9-1-1 call obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.
Donovan A. Nicholas, 14, has been charged with murder and aggravated murder in connection with the death of 40-year-old Heidi Fay Taylor, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in a juvenile detention center.
Nicholas, who described Taylor as his mom during the 9-1-1 call, told a Champaign County dispatcher an alternate personality within him named “Jeff” killed her, according to the recording obtained by the Springfield New-Sun.
Here’s a full transcript of the 9-1-1 call.
Dispatcher: 9-1-1, where’s your emergency?
Clark County Dispatcher: It’s Clark County with a transfer. He’s at … Valley Pike. Sir, go ahead.
Nicholas: I just killed my mother
Dispatcher: What happened, sir?
Nicholas: I just killed my mother and I need to go to the hospital.
Dispatcher: And you’re at … Valley Pike?
Dispatcher: And what happened?
Nicholas: It wasn’t me who, who, it wasn’t me who killed her. It was Jeff.
Dispatcher: What happened? Who did it?
Nicholas: Jeff. I’m sorry. This is going to be really hard to explain but I kind of have another person inside me. Like.
Dispatcher: OK. Are you OK?
Nicholas: No, I stabbed myself.
Dispatcher: You stabbed yourself?
Dispatcher: What happened to your mom?
Nicholas: He killed her. He snapped.
Dispatcher: OK. What’s your name?
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Nicholas: My, mine is Donovan Austin Nicholas.
Dispatcher: Donovan Nichols?
Dispatcher: All right. Are you able to say who’s with you?
Nicholas: I am by myself. Me and Jeff.
Dispatcher: OK. And what happened to your mom. What did you do?
Nicholas: He, he stabbed her. Then he shot her.
Dispatcher: All right. So he, he stabbed her?
Nicholas: Then he shot her. But —
Dispatcher: Where did he shoot her?
Nicholas: In the head. But I swear it wasn’t me. It was Jeff. Jeff is inside me.
Dispatcher: Jeff is inside you?
Nicholas: He, he, sometimes takes, he sometimes takes control and I have no control. I have no control over him. It’s not fair.
Dispatcher: Where are you hurt sir?
Nicholas: On my thigh. No, no my leg.
Dispatcher: Your leg? You stabbed your leg?
Dispatcher: Do you have any towels or anything on it, that you can put on it?
Dispatcher: OK you did? All right now, why did you hurt your mom, or why did Jeff hurt your mom?
Nicholas: He was always tired of her. She always, she always did drugs and she totally like ignored me. Like, once she hit me and she was just — she was done.
Dispatcher: Sir, where is the gun and the knife?
Nicholas: The knife I don’t know.
Dispatcher: You don’t know, where are they?
Nicholas: The gun is in the bedroom. I, I am down, I’m downstairs. I don’t have any, I don’t have any weapon on me.
Dispatcher: OK. So the gun is upstairs in the bedroom?
Dispatcher: What kind of gun is it? Is it a long gun, a short gun?
Nicholas: It, it, it is a 9 mm.
Dispatcher: It’s a 9 mm?
Dispatcher: And you’re downstairs correct?
Dispatcher: Where is the knife at sir?
Nicholas: I don’t know.
Dispatcher: You don’t know where the knife is?
Nicholas: No. I can’t walk.
Dispatcher: You can’t walk?
Dispatcher: Are you in the living room?
Nicholas: No. Kitchen. Is somebody on their way, like an ambulance or something?
Dispatcher: Yes, sir, I’ve got you help sent out, OK?
Nicholas: OK. I swear it wasn’t my fault. Just —
Dispatcher: Are you doing OK?
Nicholas: It hurts really bad.
Dispatcher: You hurt?
Nicholas: Mmm hmm.
Dispatcher: Do you have any animals in the house with you, or …
Dispatcher: OK. Is your house, is it far off the road, is it up close to the road?
Nicholas: It’s close.
Nicholas: I’m, I am so scared. I didn’t — I — I didn’t want to kill her. I hate Jeff so much. He’s — he — he’s going to make me die in prison.
Dispatcher: Is this Jeff you’re talking about?
Nicholas: He couldn’t have taken somebody else. No. He took me. He needs … (inaudible) … to be a stupid person
Dispatcher: Sir, can you see the front door from where you are right now?
Nicholas: It’s not the front door but it’s the door we always use.
Dispatcher: All right, sir?
Dispatcher: So, so can you see the front door from where you are in the kitchen?
Dispatcher: Yes? How far away do you think you are from the front door?
Nicholas: I don’t know.
Dispatcher: About 20 feet? 30 feet? Somewhere around there?
Nicholas: The size of a normal kitchen.
Dispatcher: I know you’re in your kitchen. Um, are you very close to the door?
Nicholas: No, I am against the back wall.
Nicholas: Am I going to get in trouble? Well yeah, obviously.
Dispatcher: We’re going to get you help out there, OK? I know you’re hurt, all right. I know you’re hurting. Is your leg, do you still have a towel or anything on your leg?
Dispatcher: OK. Can you, can you press it down on there that way it stops the bleeding, can help stop it? Just press it on there hard, OK?
Nicholas: OK. Um, Um uh, I’m sorry, I stutter.
Dispatcher: No, that’s fine. That is perfectly OK, Donovan. That’s OK. OK?
Nicholas: OK. Is … is the people that are going to be in my house, are they, are they going to hurt me?
Dispatcher: Sir, nobody is going to hurt you, OK. Nobody wants to hurt you all right?
Dispatcher: Nobody wants to hurt you. They just want to help you, OK?
Nicholas: Just no Tasing or pepper spray or nothing like that? I swear I am not going to hurt anybody else. It wasn’t my fault. I’m just hurt.
Dispatcher: Are you doing OK?
Nicholas: It hurts.
Dispatcher: It hurts really bad? What kind of knife did Jeff use?
Nicholas: A kitchen knife.
Dispatcher: He, he used a kitchen knife, was it a big one?
Nicholas: It was a medium-sized one. It’s bigger than a steak knife but smaller than a bread knife. Ow. I’m just so scared. I don’t want to die in prison. I swear it wasn’t my fault.
Dispatcher: You said Jeff did it. Is Jeff there? Is he still there with you?
Nicholas: Well yeah, he —
Nicholas: Yeah, he’s always, he’s always inside me. He always talks to me, he, well — here, here they are.
Dispatcher: Where, who’s there?
Nicholas: The police or the people —
Dispatcher: The people to help you?
Dispatcher: All right. Are you still sitting on the ground?
Nicholas: They just walked past my door.
Dispatcher: OK. Did you — all right and your leg, do you still have that towel on that leg?
Dispatcher: OK, you do?
Nicholas: Yes. Why are they just standing there?
Dispatcher: You’re just sitting there? You’re against the back wall? Are you, OK? Donovan?
Deputy: You, OK? Anybody need help here?
Nicholas: My mom.
Deputy: (inaudible) Hands behind your back. Don’t move. Who’s out there?
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