2012-06-20 / For The Record

Reward offered in Girard murder

By Elizabeth Billips

Deputies hope hard cash will solve a cold murder.

According to Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey, a reward will be paid to anyone with information that will help him arrest and convict the person who killed 27-year-old Amy Ellison Nichols and her unborn child.

On March 7, Nichols’ young daughters found her body on the living room floor of their Brigham Landing Road trailer. She had been fatally shot in the stomach.

“We have interviewed more than twenty people and polygraphed a number of them,” Sheriff Coursey said. “We’re still running down some strong leads.”

The Burke County EMA dive team has searched for the murder weapon twice, but has not found it. Investigators are still awaiting results from the GBI crime lab, including DNA evidence that will determine the father of the unborn child.

“We believe this is critical to the case,” Sheriff Coursey said.


Call investigators or Sheriff Coursey at 706-554-2133. The identity of callers will remain confidential, the sheriff said. While the amount of the award, which is funded through the Governor’s Office, has not been released, authorities say it is “sizable.” To contribute to the reward, call the sheriff’s office

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