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Man convicted of murder in Walton Co.
Michael West
Michael West

Update: Chad Ashley Allen, 35, was found guilty of murder and multiple other charges by a Walton County jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday afternoon.

Allen was convicted of the 2009 murder of 38-year-old Andrew “Drew” Nichols, whose body was found covered in debris off a rural road in Social Circle.

Three other men involved in the case previously pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case.

 

Original Story, April 26 - Third man takes plea in Nichols murder

A third man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the 2009 murder of 38-year-old Andrew “Drew” Nichols.

Michael Scott West, 35, pleaded guilty to four counts of making false statements and received 20 years to serve 10 before being eligible for parole.

Nichols was found by a deer hunter on Dec. 6, 2009, his body covered by debris on a rural road in Social Circle. West was the first to be arrested in the case in January 2010. He was originally charged with murder, concealing the death of another, aggravated battery, possession of arms by a convicted felon, possession of firearms or knife while trying to commit crimes and kidnapping.

Two others charged in the case, Robert Vincent Lambert, 38, and Samuel Dumas Dawkins, 49, have also taken plea deals recently to lessor charges, all resulting in the same sentence of 20 years to serve 10 before being eligible for parole.

District Attorney Layla Zon has re-indicted the fourth man accused of Nichols murder in Walton County. Chad Ashley Allen, 35, is charged with murder, concealing the death of another, aggravated battery, possession of arms by a convicted felon, possession of firearms or knife while trying to commit crimes and aggravated assault.