Pair charged in connection to Palmetto woman’s murder will be brought back to Florida

Tricia Freeman

Palmetto, Fla. (WFLA) – The pair responsible for the death of a Palmetto woman will soon be brought back to Florida to face charges.

It’s a gruesome crime that shocked the community. Palmetto Police say 26-year-old Roy Nichols, Jr. murdered Tricia Freeman. Nichols is the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter- 21-year-old Kayla Colyer.

On Tuesday morning the pair had an extradition hearing in West Virginia. There they learned they will soon be brought back to Florida to face their crimes.

Nichols has been charged with murder and Colyer has been charged with accessory after the fact.

“You see stuff like that happening every day. But when you know the person, it’s just a different feeling,” Freeman’s friend Cynthia Masias said.

Palmetto police say last week, Nichols got into a struggle with Freeman at her home, killing her.

He and Colyer then placed the body in Freeman’s car and dumped her in Chiefland, Florida. They then abandoned the car in Kentucky and traveled north, but were eventually caught in West Virginia after they were recognized by a store clerk.

Robert Kronk has known the family for years. He never saw any problems between Freeman and her daughter Kayla.

“Do I believe that [Kayla] would do something like this? No. I didn’t think she would, but you can’t judge a book by its cover,” Kronk said.

Friends of Freeman want her to be remembered for how she lived, not how she died.

“She was a good person and she influenced a lot of people,” Kronk said.

Kronk and others feel it’s important to honor her life and her legacy. They say Freeman was the kind woman who was a friend to everyone, and she was taken far too soon.

It’s unclear at this time when Nichols and Colyer will be extradited back to Florida.


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