Trial begins for former FSU student accused of killing mother, stepfather in Tampa

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Posted at 10:45 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2019-07-22 20:25:05-04

Four years ago, a former FSU student was arrested in Tallahassee after being accused of murdering her mother, a US Navy Reserve Captain, and her stepfather in Tampa.

Now, the murder trial for 25-year-old Nicole Nachtman is slated to start Monday.

Myriam Dienes and her husband, Robert Dienes, were found shot to death at their home shortly after neighbors reported hearing gunshots around 9:00 p.m. the night of August 20, 2015.

Tampa Bay Times reports that a neighbor saw Nachtman slipping out of a bedroom window after the violent act.

Nachtman, who was 21 at the time, was taken into custody by Florida State Police the following day at her dorm at Smith Hall.

Now her lawyers aren't fighting whether she did it, but are asserting two defenses on why she shouldn't be jailed for life.

The first defense is insanity. Second, Nachtman's defense will argue "battered child syndrome," a form of self-defense. They'll assert this was a girl lashing out at her parents after years of abuse.

On Monday, prosecutors and defense began picking out the jurors who will ultimately decide her fate.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A 21-year-old Tampa woman is arrested in Tallahassee, charged with the murder of her mother and stepfather in Hillsborough County.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Nicole Nachtman was arrested by law enforcement in Tallahassee, including the FSU Police.

She's accused of killing her mother, a US Navy Reserve Captain, and her step-father Thursday evening.

Deputies plan to charge Nachtman with two counts of first degree murder with a firearm.

They have not yet released a possible motive for the crime.