Camden man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend


A Camden man received a sentence of 40 years after he pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend earlier this year with a homemade shotgun. 

Errick Cordell Nichols, 55, pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to serve 40 years for the shooting death of his girlfriend. He was sentenced by Judge Dewey Arthur. District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced the guilty plea Thursday, October 21.

“Mr. Nichols has an ugly history,” Bramlett said. “He is a violent person. Mr. Nichols is 55 years old and will have to serve every day of the next forty years of his life in prison.” 

On Jan. 2, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 192 Victoria Lane in Camden. 

When officers arrived, they found Nichols on scene near a small travel trailer located in a field. Inside the trailer, Betty Allman had been shot in her bed and was deceased. Nichols showed investigators the homemade shotgun that had been fashioned with a pipe and a welded handle.

Nichols was taken into custody at that time. Nichols and Allman had moved to Madison County from Kansas City, Mo., in December 2019. Nichols indicated that the two had gotten into an argument, and, during the argument, he shot Allman. 

“I would like to thank the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for working to solve this case quickly and effectively so that we could get justice for Ms. Allman.” Bramlett said.

Bramlett said that those serving second-degree murder sentences are not eligible for early release or parole. 

Nichols had previously been convicted of aggravated assault out of Hinds County and attempted murder out of Cook County, Illinois.

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