Bail denied for FSU student accused of murdering parents in Carrollwood

Nicole Nachtman arrives at the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough. HCSO photo
Nicole Nachtman arrives at the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough. HCSO photo

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – A Hillsborough County judge on Tuesday morning ordered a 21-year-old Florida State University student accused of murdering her parents to be held in jail without bond.

Detectives say Nicole Gene Nachtman, 21, shot and killed her mother Myriam Carey Dienes, 56, and her stepfather Robert Dienes, 67, who lived in Carrollwood Village.
Their bodies were discovered at 9:26 p.m. on Aug. 20 when deputies responded to a 911 call about multiple shots fired at 14108 Fennsbury Dr. Deputies found the body of Myriam Dienes in the driveway of 14108 Fennbury Dr. and then found the body of Robert Dienes inside a nearby home at 14110 Fennsbury Dr.

Detectives identified Nachtman as the suspect in the shooting and obtained an arrest warrant for her. Nachtman was arrested in Tallahassee and was held at the Leon County Jail until she was extradited to Hillsborough County on Monday.

Late Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office released case documents that said Nachtman heard “screaming voices in her head” then began thinking about killing her mother. The arrest warrant included many new details about the alleged crime. Neighbors of Myriam and Robert Dienes’ told detectives they saw Nachtman near an open window and by the side garage door at 14110 Fennsbury Dr. within two hours of when a 911 call was made about shots fired.

Homicide detectives responded to Florida State University where Nachtman is a student. They spoke to a witness who said that Nachtman told the witness that she drove to Florida State University campus to pay for her dorm room. While she was at the campus, she continuously heard screaming voices in her head and began thinking about killing her mother.

PHOTOS: Double murder in Carrollwood

Nachtman allegedly told the witness she began seeing signs on campus inferring that her dreams were about to come true and traveled back to her parents’ home. Nachtman allegedly told the witness that she shot her stepfather, killing him and said that when she shot him the screaming voices in her head began to fade and she thought to herself that “she could do this.”

Nachtman told the witness that she waited overnight for her mother to return home. When her mother returned home, Nachtman began having second thoughts about killing her and tried to leave through her bedroom window. Nachtman’s mother saw her and confronted her, asking why she was not at FSU. Nachtman then allegedly shot and killed her mother outside the residence. Nachtman told the witness she blacked out,then left the home after she came to.

Autopsies found that Myriam Carey Dienes was shot once in the neck and twice in the torso. Robert Dienes was shot once in the neck, according to the arrest warrant. Myriam Dienes was a reserve Navy captain who had just returned from reserve duty prior to her death.

“It’s extremely shocking to find your next door neighbor in your driveway,” Elena Roe said. Roe returned from a walk last Thursday and found Myrian Dienes’s body.

“Super nice people, both Myriam and Bob. Always picked up our mail. Just kind of watched after our house,” Roe said.

News Channel 8 talked with Nachtman’s biological father, Ronald Nachtman. “Just pray for my daughter, please,” he said.

Nachtman was booked into the Orient Road Jail on Monday and was charged with two counts of first degree murder with a firearm.

On Tuesday morning, she made her first appearance in a Hillsborough County court and was ordered held without bond and was appointed a public defender.

Nicole Nachtman arrives at the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough. HCSO photo
Nicole Nachtman arrives at the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough Co. HCSO photo
Nicole Nachtman, 21. Hillsborough County Jail booking photo
Nicole Nachtman, 21. Hillsborough County Jail booking photo

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