April 7, 2017
A Bondurant man considered a material witness in the killing of his parents and sister allegedly told police “I killed three people last night” as he turned himself in, said Neosho, Mo., police Chief David Kennedy.
Chase Marcus Nicholson, 20, approached Wal-Mart employees in the small southwest Missouri town about 12 hours after his family members were found dead in their Bondurant home. Kennedy said Nicholson allegedly told the Wal-Mart employees the same thing he told police.
Polk County authorities are expected in Neosho around 5 p.m. to question Nicholson in connection to the killing of his parents, Mark Alan Nicholson, 58, and Charla Lee Nicholson, 56, and his sister Tawni Alexis Nicholson, 24. They were found dead in the home they shared in the 9700 block of Northeast 88th Street, said Lt. Rich Blaylock, spokesman with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Nicholson turned himself in at about 10 a.m. Friday in Neosho, a town of 12,000 people about a 5½ hours drive from Bondurant. He is in custody in the Newton County, Missouri, jail and is on suicide watch, Kennedy said.
Mark Nicholson was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service’s Pleasant Hill branch in Des Moines. He had been with USPS since 1989, said spokeswoman Stacy St. John. Employee assistance services are being offered to Mark’s family and coworkers, she said.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of such a tragic death of one of our own employees and coworkers,” St. John said in an emailed statement. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with at the Postal Service.”