PD: Suspect impersonates woman, sends texts to victim's mother after murder

Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 17:11:08-05

PHOENIX — A woman allegedly responsible for her friend’s death impersonated the victim by sending text messages to the woman's mother.

Police located the body of 22-year-old Nicole Nicholson in an alley near 21st Avenue and Bethany Home Road, on February 13. Police say she had been dead, “for an extended period of time.”

Nicholson's mother told police that she was receiving text messages from her daughter’s phone after she had died. One of the messages came at the time detectives were at the scene in the alley.

Police found Nicholson's car on February 15 around noon near 21st and Missouri avenues, less than a block away from where her body was found, according to a police spokesperson.

Sabrina Slaughter, age 24, allegedly admitted she had been driving Nicholson's car since the murder.

According to police, Slaughter said they were together in the car when she "blacked out." Slaughter said she had been having blackouts for about a year. When she woke the next morning, she allegedly told police her gun had one less bullet in it.

She also reportedly admitted to sending text messages to Nicholson’s mother, hoping to delay the stolen car report.

Slaughter is being held on a $500,000 cash bond for 2nd-degree murder and concealing a dead body.