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      • Nichols was arrested for murder in February 2015, accused of pushing his girlfriend Rhonda Casto off a trail in Oregon six years earlier. Judge John Olsen: To that charge, what's your plea? Stephen Nichols: Not guilty. Bail was set at $2 million. Nichols would spend the next 14 months in jail awaiting trial.
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  2. Nichols was accused of killing 23-year-old girlfriend Rhonda Casto during a hike along Oregon’s scenic Eagle Creek Trail in March 2009. Authorities alleged he pushed her off a cliff to her...

  3. Jun 16, 2018 · In March 2009, Casto, 23, was hiking with Nichols on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge when she fell 100 feet to her death. Prosecutors believe Nichols killed the aspiring model for her $1 ...

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    For defense attorney Mike Arnold,representing Stephen Nichols gives new meaning to the phrase "full-time job." Mike Arnold: When you have a case where someone's falsely accused, you can't really separate yourself from work and home life. … So while I'd prefer to be coming home and doing farm chores and listen to wildlife … instead I'll be thinking ...

    Three months after Stephen Nichols' arrest in 2015, his attorney, Mike Arnold, took his own investigative team up the Eagle Creek Trail where, he believes, Rhonda Casto slipped and fell to her death. Mike Arnold: This is probably the most hiked area in the Columbia River Gorge for several reasons. One, the sheer beauty of the hike. Mike Arnold: Inc...

    Stephen Nichols: She did fall off. And I can say I had absolutely nothing to do either directly or indirectly with her falling off. Stephen Nichols: There's definitely a lot more to the story. But I'm not going to say it. While not saying it in so many words, Stephen Nichols' mind games manage to drop a bombshell. Peter Van Sant: You've led me down...

    For months following his February 2015 arrest for murder, Stephen Nichols faced pretrial hearings on a slew of issues from evidence to motive -- including whether there should even bea trial since the defense considers Rhonda Casto's death an accident. Both sides called witnesses: Prosecutor Carrie Rasmussen: Was this immediately investigated as a ...

    Stephen Nichols: I had nothing to do with Rhonda Casto's death. Peter Van Sant: You didn't push her? Stephen Nichols: No. Peter Van Sant: So you're telling us you're completely innocent of these charges? Stephen Nichols: Yes. In May 2017, following several hearings about what evidence could be used against Stephen Nichols, which would include his p...

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  4. Jun 18, 2018 · The charge against Nichols were then dropped back in May 2017. The Oregonian also reported that as part of a plea deal, Nichols pleaded guilty to “criminally negligent homicide and coercion.” Under the plea deal, Nichols received three years of probation, with credit for 19 months of jail time.

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  5. State prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Steven P. Nichols this week in a plea deal. Nichols, 42, was placed on three years of probation with credit for the year and seven months...

  6. May 12, 2017 · The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Thursday that Steven P. Nichols had increased the life insurance policy on 23-year-old Rhonda Casto to $1 million months before her 2009 death and was charged...

  7. May 13, 2017 · Stephen Nichols murder charge dropped in plea deal over partner's cliff fall. Stephen Nichols admitted he allowed the mum of his baby to die. Now he gets to walk free. After 23-year-old mother and aspiring model Rhonda Casto fell to her death from a cliff eight years ago, her family cried murder.

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