Janet Barber

Grove Sun

A Locust Grove man has been accused of attempting to shoot the husband of his ex-girlfriend during a drunken rage over not being allowed to see his children.

Jerry Lee Nichols, 30, of Locust Grove has been arrested on Wednesday for allegedly shooting a .22 rifle at Norman Smith, husband to Kimberly McAlvin, the mother of his two teenage children.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Kendrick was called to the Smith home after Nichols called the Smith home telling McAlvin that he was “coming over to see his kid, like it or not."

During an interview with the suspect, he told Deputy Kendrick that he didn’t remember much of the confrontation as he had consumed a bottle of whiskey and was very intoxicated.

When Deputy Kendrick arrived, Smith had restrained Nichols, who also had a rifle, telling the officer that he’d went inside and armed himself when Nichols was threatening to kill him and had hit him in the head with the butt of the rifle before wrestling with him in the mud to restrain his attacker.

Neighbors collaborated the victim’s statement by saying that they too had seen Nichols crossing a pasture to the Smith home threatening to kill Smith.

Bond was set on Wednesday in the amount of $4,500 and Nichols has been released on bond.

He could face charges of performing an act of violence to involve serious bodily harm or death, pointing a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm while in the commission of a felony.