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Man already serving life in prison faces new homicide charge

February 10, 2021 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man already serving multiple life sentences in a Rhode Island prison for a double homicide conviction has been indicted in connection with another killing that occurred nearly 10 years ago, prosecutors say.

Nigel Nichols, 35, of Boston, faces murder and other charges in the October 2011 shooting in Providence that took the life of Steven Latimer and injured three others, according to a statement from Attorney General Peter Neronha.

Nichols was convicted in 2015 of the December 2009 killings of David Thomas and Domingo Ortiz in Providence. He is currently serving four consecutive life sentences plus a consecutive 30-year sentence for murder and other charges related to that shooting.

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“Nearly 10 years have passed between the day Steven Latimer was murdered and today’s indictment. This is a major step forward in our efforts to obtain justice for Mr. Latimer and his family,” Neronha said.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2011, Nichols, who was in a vehicle, pulled alongside another moving vehicle and opened fire, killing Latimer and injuring three others in the car, prosecutors said.

Nichols will arraigned on the new charges at a later date. It was not clear if he had an attorney.