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Man charged with murder of woman and unborn child in Driggs

Man charged with murder of woman and unborn child in Driggs

TETON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 7-7-2016 12:17 pm: Erik Martin Ohlson will appear for a preliminary hearing on two counts of first degree murder in Teton County Magistrate Court on July 20.   

In court documents released Thursday, Idaho State Police investigators said 39-year-old Jennifer Nalley was shot multiple times.  Her body was discovered at around 11:19 a.m. Tuesday by her uncle.  An autopsy conducted by the Ada County Coroner in Boise on Wednesday confirmed Nalley was pregnant at the time of her death.

The Teton County Fire Department found a model 30 Glock handgun on the north side of 3500 East, a short distance away from Nalley's residence.

According to a probable cause document used in charging him, Ohlson told investigators he was Nalley's boy friend.  He said Nalley told him that she was pregnant approximately 10 to 14 weeks earlier and had shown him an ultrasound photograph of the fetus.

During an interview with an Idaho State Police investigator, Ohlson admitted going to Nalley's residence,intending to scare her.  He was carrying a 45 caliber Glock pistol in his back pocket.

When Nalley came to the door, Ohlson told the officer she rushed forward and may have pushed him in the chest.  He said he did not say anything, but removed the pistol from his pocket and began firing.  According to the report, he continued to fire his gun 8 or 9 times, until he ran out of bullets.

Ohlson said he did not check on the woman, but believed she was dead.  He said he tried to get the courage to kill himself, but could not.  He said he then threw the weapon to the side of the road and drove away in his truck.

According to the report, Ohlson said he attempted to drive his vehicle into a power pole in an effort to kill himself.

The Teton county Sheriff's Office arrested Ohlson after he crashed his truck at the corner of State Highway 33 and 2500 North in Driggs.  The crash was reported at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday.  According to deputies, Ohlson said that he had bigger problems than the DUI and crash.

He was being held in the Madison County jail on those charges when State Police questioned him.  

Ohlson was arraigned on two counts of first degree murder before Magistrate Judge Jason Walker on Wednesday.


39-year-old Erik M. Ohlson of Jackson, Wyoming has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in Teton County, Idaho.

According to a press release from the Teton County Sheriff's office, Ohlson is the suspect in the murder of Jennifer S. Nalley, 39, of Driggs and her unborn child.

Ohlson is currently being held in the Madison County Jail.

Nalley's body was found, with multiple gunshot wounds, by family members on Tuesday, July 5th at her residence outside of Driggs. Investigators recovered a gun at the scene that is the same caliber used in the shooting.

Ohlson was in the custody of the Teton County Sheriff prior to the discovery of Nalley's body after he was involved in a single vehicle crash at the intersection of West 2500 South and State Highway 33 in Driggs on Tuesday morning, approximately three miles from Nalley's residence.

The Ada County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy at the request of the Teton County Coroner on Wednesday morning. The results of the autopsy are pending.

Ohlson was arraigned today in 7th District Magistrate Court in Teton County and is being held without bond. A preliminary hearing was set by the court for July 20th.

The investigation of the murder is continuing under the jurisdiction of the Idaho State Police and the Teton County Sheriff's Office.

Nalley played roller derby for the Jackson Hole Juggernauts. Her player name was Pixie Tourette, the team released this statement: "We are mourning the loss of our dear friend Pixie Tourette. She was the most oddly brilliant and wonderful person we've ever met. Fiercely loyal, wonderfully inviting - she lived life like we all should. She had no apologies for the unique, quirky, lovely soul that she was. She always gave 100% to her team, family, students and friends. Roller Derby Queen, physics nerd, punk rock enthusiast - you were lucky to have met her. We are extremely devastated, and our thoughts are with her family, friends, and derby sisters."

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