He said Jeff was another personality.
“This is going to be really hard to explain but I kind of have another person inside me,” Nicholas says on the recording.
A psychologist has diagnosed Nicholas with multiple personalities, according to court testimony. A forensic psychologist found Nicholas suffers from a disassociative disorder. Psychologist Daniel Hrinko revealed his diagnosis while he testified during a Champaign County Family Court hearing last year.
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Nicholas was 14 at the time prosecutors allege he stabbed Taylor more than 60 times and then shot her in April at his home. Taylor was his father’s live-in girlfriend and surrogate mother, according to court testimony.
Champaign County Family Court Judge Lori Reisinger ordered his case moved to adult court in November.
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Defense Attorney Darrell Heckman has said it’s believed Nicholas’ alleged split personality is a character from an internet horror series named Jeff the Killer. The character is known for fictitious brutal killings on the shows.
Nicholas was an eighth grader at Graham Middle School at the time of his arrest.
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