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Heath doctor guns down young Iowa girlfriend in shocking murder-suicide

WATERLOO, IOWA – A married doctor from Heath followed his former girlfriend to her new boyfriend’s home in a small Iowa town near Waterloo Wednesday night and then shot and killed her and took his own life in a shocking murder-suicide that has left the community shaken.

Radiologist Timothy Glenn Roses, 44, gunned down Lindsay Nichols, a 22-year-old former Waterloo East High School cheerleader and honor student, in the street after her new boyfriend called 911 from inside his home in the suburb of Jesup, Jesup Police Chief Rick Deitrick told TheRockwallNews.com Friday. Roses then shot himself in the chest, he said.

Deitrick said their deaths were the result of a months-long affair gone bad that she had ended in February after he refused to get a divorce. Apparently Roses felt that if he couldn’t have her, then nobody could, the Police Chief added.

Roses lived with his wife, Cindy, and four children, in their home in the Wyndemere subdivision of Heath. They have lived there since 2007, according to the Rockwall Central Appraisal District.

He worked for a company called Health Care Solutions, which rotates specialists from various cities through hospitals around the country to help augment staff. He had been rotating in the radiology department of Covenant Medical Center for four or five years, a hospital spokeswoman said, which is where he met Nichols.

Nichols was the daughter of Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Deputy, Tom Nichols, and granddaughter of former Evansdale Mayor, Ron Nichols. She was an Honors Student and 2008 graduate of Waterloo East High School and a recent graduate of the Covenant Medical Center School of Radiography, she was preparing to take her Iowa State Radiology Boards. Friend said she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.

A candlelight vigil was held at Waterloo East Thursday night, attended by hundreds of people. Local TV and radio stations and newspapers have been full of news coverage and updates since the tragedy occurred.

Revealing a detailed account, Deitrick said after Nichols broke up with Roses, she then started a relationship with Jesup resident Chase Weber, who witnessed the tragedy outside his home.

Buchanan County Attorney Shawn Harden told the Associated Press that she had just posted that news on her Facebook page Wednesday and that Roses was upset by the breakup. He had been sending Nichols many text messages and the change in her relationship status on Facebook may have “escalated matters,” Harden added.

According to Deitrick and Harden, the events happened like this:

In a rental truck with out-of-state license plates, Roses followed Nichols the 15 miles from Waterloo to Jesup, a town of about 2,500 residents. When she got out of her vehicle outside Weber’s home, Roses pulled in behind her, got out and they began to argue, Harden said. Roses ordered Nichols to get into her vehicle and pulled a gun when she refused. On hearing the commotion and seeing the gun, Weber called 911.

“As he’s on the phone with dispatch relaying what’s going on, one shot is fired. That hits Lindsey,” Harden said. “At that point, (Weber) runs from window to door. On his route between window and door, he hears another gunshot. When he gets to the door, both individuals are on the ground.”

Investigators have processed the physical evidence from the scene, and are interviewing friends and family members to piece together a timeline of events that led to the murder-suicide, Harden said.

Nichols had complained on her Facebook page that she felt like she was being watched, but she never filed a complaint with law enforcement, Harden said. Investigators recovered three cellphones from the scene and planned to check the text messages, he said.

Roses’ brother-in-law told TheRockwallNews.com Friday afternoon that the family learned about the tragedy Thursday and are all in shock. He said he doesn’t know if the family will have a statement.

Funeral arrangements for Nichols and Roses were pending yesterday.

Further details will be forthcoming as they become available.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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