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Radiologist’s Estate Sued After Murder-Suicide

May 24, 2012
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The father of a 22-year-old Iowa woman is suing the estate of the 44-year-old Texas radiologist who killed both her and himself after she broke off their affair.

The lawsuit, which the family attorney said was mailed to the county courthouse on Monday, alleges assault and battery and seeks damages to cover pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, charges for hospital treatment, the value of Lindsay Nichols’s estate had she lived a normal lifespan, and loss of companionship on behalf of the woman’s father and mother.

The attorney, George LaMarca of Des Moines, Iowa, told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper:

This lawsuit seeks to bring justice and emotional closure for the Nichols family. This cowardly and selfish killing has forever affected the lives of those who loved Lindsay.

The murder-suicide took place on March 21. According to authorities, Timothy Roses, MD, the radiologist, lived in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas, but did contract rotation work for Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, in the northeast part of the state.

Roses began a relationship with Nichols when she was training at Covenant to be a radiologic technologist, although he was married. (In fact, the lawsuit pits Thomas Nichols, executor of his daughter’s estate, against Cindy Roses, the radiologist’s widow and executor of his estate.)

Earlier this year, Nichols ended the relationship, announcing the breakup February 3 on Facebook, according to the Courier. On March 21, he followed her to her new boyfriend’s house in Jesup, Iowa. Roses and Nichols argued loudly in the street. Roses shot Nichols in the chest, then turned his handgun on himself. The new boyfriend was on the phone to a 911 dispatcher at the time. Authorities released a tape of the call, including his horrified description of the incident (which can be emotionally wrenching to listen to).

Buchanan County Attorney Shawn Harden, who investigated the case, told the Courier:

You get the idea that he’s a guy who not a lot of people said ‘no’ to, and she said ‘no.’

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