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Nichols family files wrongful death lawsuit

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The family of Lindsay Nichols has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the man who killed her.

Attorney George LaMarca of Des Moines says the lawsuit, which alleges assault and battery, will be filed in Buchanan County where the murder took place. LaMarca says the documents were mailed to Buchanan County on Monday and should be filed on Tuesday.

Buchanan County officials say 44-year-old Timothy Roses shot and killed 22-year-old Lindsay Nichols outside a home in Jesup on March 21 before turning the gun on himself.

"This lawsuit seeks to bring justice and emotional closure for the Nichols family. This cowardly and selfish killing has forever effected the lives of those who loved Lindsay," said LaMarca.

Friends say that Nichols had ended her relationship with Roses, who was married. Roses shot Nichols outside of her new boyfriend's home in Jesup.

LaMarca says that when the perpetrator of a crime is also killed, the civil system is all the family has to provide closure and seek justice. The lawsuit is between Thomas Nichols, Lindsay's father and executor of her estate, and Cindy Roses, the widow and executor of Tim Roses' estate.

LaMarca says that while Iowa law does not allow the family to seek a specific amount in damages, the Nichols family is seeking expenses related to Lindsay's death and the value of her estate had she been able to live out her life.

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