Hot Springs Man Admits to Neighbor’s 2013 Killing

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Alfred Nickson

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A local man has pleaded guilty to the 2013 murder of his neighbor and received a sentence of 25 years in prison.

Alfred Nickson, 57, was arrested in 2014 for the killing of Freddie Cole, 73, who was found dead inside his apartment on Manor Circle.

On Monday, Nickson pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder in Cole’s death.

Court officials say since Nickson had been found guilty in a 1987 murder in Chicago, he will serve his entire sentence. According to the Chicago Tribune, the victim in that case had been strangled and his body was found in a bathtub after the home had been set on fire.

When we first covered the story about Cole’s death, we had interviewed Nickson about the murder. At the time, he said he had found the man dead and was “shocked.” Nickson told police he had last seen Cole the night before when he had used cocaine in Cole’s bathroom but said that he left soon after. The autopsy on Cole’s body turned up Nickson’s DNA under his fingernails.

According to the Tribune, Nickson’s rap sheet also includes his parole being revoked twice after a 1975 conviction on charges of assault with intent to commit robbery. After being twice returned to prison, he was released in 1983.

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