Police: Son charged with killing parents

Justin Nickelson (Source: White County Jail)
Justin Nickelson (Source: White County Jail)

CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A Cleburne County man has been charged in the death of his parents.

According to the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office, Justin Nickelson, 25, was charged with two counts of capital murder Wednesday morning.

The investigation began on April 21 when detectives were looking into unusual bank activity on the accounts of 61-year-old Gerald Nickelson and 58-year-old Rhonda Nickelson who lived on 5 McJester Road. Family members were concerned for the couple's welfare and deputies had been unable to reach them.

During the investigation, detectives went to a building on the property on April 28. Investigators said they found what they believed to be the remains of Gerald and Rhonda Nickelson. However, positive identification of the remains is still pending from the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The bodies have been sent off for autopsy.

The sheriff's office states Justin Nickelson is the son of the victims and also lived at the same residence. He is currently in the White County Detention Center on an unrelated charge and will be sent to Cleburne County.

Right now no bond has been set for Nickelson.

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