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A Minnesota man Nicholas James Firkus faces murder charges 11 years after alleging an intruder killed his wife Heidi Firkus.
St. Paul police arrested Nicholas James Firkus on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Heidi, more than a decade ago. https://t.co/PgrGozsOlO
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Nicholas James Firkus Age
As reported by ABC News, St. Paul police announced in a press conference Thursday that 38-year-old Nicholas James Firkus was arrested and charged with premeditated second degree murder when his wife Heidi Firkus died, who was fatally shot in April 25, 2010.
That morning, according to an arrest warrant from ABC News, Heidi Firkus called 911 and said someone had tried to break into her home in St. Paul.
“Thirty-eight seconds after the call, when Heidi gave her address, there was a sound that resembled a gunshot. Heidi stopped speaking and the call was ended,” says the arrest warrant. “Before the shot, there is no significant background noise on the call, and Heidi does not say anything that would suggest that an intruder actually entered the house.”
About a minute later Nicholas Firkus called 911 on his wife’s phone and said someone entered the house and shot Heidi in the back as she tried to escape into the garage. The 911 call reportedly lasted seven minutes and the police can be heard in the background entering the house. Officials found both the husband and wife shot dead, and 25-year-old Heidi was pronounced dead at the scene. Nicholas Firkus had a gunshot wound in his thigh.
Nicholas James Firkus Investigation
According to the report, investigators believe the motive for the killing may have been an impending eviction notice for the couple’s home. Nicholas Firkus reportedly told police that their house had been sealed off and that they would move out on the day Heidi’s death. He said he and Heidi have not yet told friends and family about their situation.
Prosecutors reportedly believe Heidi Firkus was unaware of the foreclosure or eviction: Investigators found no evidence that the couple had prepared to move.
“This is not an indication that any packaging was done and there was no indication of housing conditions they would stay in,” said Elizabeth Lamin, assistant district attorney for Ramsey County, at the news conference, according to ABC News.
According to the report, a closer look at the case by St. Paul’s murder investigator Sgt. Nichole Sipes raised Nichols Firkus to further suspicion. The police were also able to use newer technology to improve the emergency calls, which hoisted a red flag: while the police could be heard in the background as they entered the house, there is nothing in the calls to indicate the presence of an intruder. It remains unclear why Heidi Firkus is calling 911 to report a home invasion.
“[Sgt. Sipes] happened to be looking at this case and some things caught her eye, she turned over some rocks and some pebbles and decided to stick with it, ”said Bryan Gaden, homicide squad commander of the Saint Paul Police Department at the press conference. “That’s why we’re here today, because of their persistence and decision-making and their excellent investigative intelligence.”
Nicholas Firkus is being held on bail of $ 3 million, or $ 1 million if he agrees to stay in Minnesota and surrender his passport.