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April death investigation leads to murder charges

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For the family of 37-year-old Nicole Sours, this week's news packed the latest punch.   Loved ones say Nicole was a caring daughter, aunt and friend who enjoyed spending time with her family.

"Our sister was a wonderful and loving person who would do anything for anyone," says Nicole's younger brother, Aaron.  "She was a loving sister, aunt, daughter, friend, granddaughter, I mean she was a wonderful person."

Police found the Toledo woman dead back on April 13 in the apartment of 41-year-old Denzil Wells II.  Wells told police he'd picked Nicole up from her job at the pour house, before bringing her back to his home.  The Toledo man told officers they fell asleep together, but when he later woke up to check on her she was cold and purple.

"It appears as though he strangled her and placed her in the bed there," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department.  "After all the questioning and putting all the pieces together, we were able to come to the conclusion that he was the one that was responsible for her strangulation."

Now wells, who made the first call to police to report the death, is charged with murder.

"I hope this guy pays for his crime," says Aaron. "I hope it's a stiff penalty that comes down on him. He took the life of a wonderful person, and that's hard to grasp."

Wells' loved ones argue a different story.   They admit he's committed crimes in the past, but say Denzil did not kill Nicole Sours.

"I know that's not who he is, that's not what he would do," says Jacob Betz, Denzil's cousin.  "That is not the man he is, no matter what he's done in the past that's not the man he is."

Both families are anxious to watch the judicial process move forward.  Wells will be back in court on May 22 for his preliminary hearing.













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