A Bussey man was arrested for harassment during a physical altercation over the weekend.

Justin David Nichols, 39, of Bussey, was charged with two counts of first-degree harassment in connection with the incident.

According to a press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s office, the physical altercation occurred near the intersection of 6th Street and Dewey Street in Bussey on Jan. 19 at approximately 6:55 p.m. Court filings show Nicols was taken into custody after a female caller stated there had been an altercation between two males.

Law enforcement met with the female caller, who shared texts from Nichols, which appeared “threatening in nature.” The caller stated the messages made her “fear for her life,” according to court filings.

Nichols texted “I catch u u die…” and “…I’ll be home all the time now I’m jobless (expletive) all I have to live for is to kill u (expletive),” according to court filings.

Law enforcement also met with the male victim involved in the altercation. According to court filings, the male victim received a text message that said “...i’m calling u out (expletive) bring that (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) so I can kill her to” shortly before the altercation. After the altercation, court filings from police say the male victim received text messages that said, “U won’t live next time” and “… u won’t live to much longer dude I’m gonna kill you.”

The male victim told law enforcement Nichols had texted him earlier that day about the male victim’s deceased mother. Law enforcement said they corroborated the male victim’s statements as they observed a text that read, “…ur mom’s dead and you treated her like (expletive),” according to court filings.

This investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 641-828-2220 and ask to speak with Detective Reed Kious.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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