Nephew arrested for Daphne woman's death


Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene of a homicide at the intersection of County Rd 13 and 64 in the Daphne area.

According to Sheriffs, after receiving a call of shots fired, a black female was found shot to death. The woman's nephew, 26-year-old Donald Nicholson has been arrested for the shooting.

Schools in the surrounding area were briefly on lockdown Friday morning.

Baldwin County Sheriffs identified 59-year-old Maria Anita Nicholson as the victim of this mornings homicide in Daphne. Nicholson was a veteran employee of the Daphne Police Dept.

Earlier this morning - around 8:30 a.m. - there was a very brief precautionary lockdown at some Daphne schools due to what is believed to be a domestic violence matter that took place on County Road 64, and was being worked by law enforcement. Daphne Police asked Daphne Middle, Daphne East and Daphne Elementary to go into lockdown while they handled the matter. The precautionary lockdown lasted only about five minutes. Our safety planned worked perfectly and we always appreciate Daphne Police keeping a very close eye on our schools.

-Baldwin County Schools Communications Director, Terry Wilhite

Baldwin County Sheriffs released the following information Friday afternoon-

Today at approximately 8:10 am, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a possible shooting at 9023 CR 64. The BCSO requested emergency mutual aid from the Daphne Police Department, who arrived on scene minutes later.
At the scene, officers with the Daphne Police Department took Donald Nicholson, 26, into custody. Entry was made into the residence by officers and deputies where the victim, Maria Anita Nicholson, 59, was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medical personnel arrived on scene and Ms. Nicholson was confirmed to be deceased.
Early investigation indicates that Maria Nicholson left her residence before 8:00am to go to work. She received call from a family member stating her nephew, Donald Nicholson was shooting a gun at her residence. Ms. Nicholson entered the residence where she was intentionally shot by Donald Nicholson at least one time. A neighboring family member called 911 after hearing gunshots shortly after Ms. Nicholson’s arrived at the residence.
At this time, investigators believe the suspect was staying at the residence along with the victim.
Ms. Maria Nicholson was a longtime City of Daphne employee and has worked at the Daphne Police Department over a decade. She was currently assigned as an administrative assistant in support services.
Donald Nicholson is currently incarcerated at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Correction’s Center where he is being held on a $200,000.00 bond.

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