Investigation continues in slaying of Turner woman


TURNER — A scheduled autopsy of the body of a murdered Turner woman was postponed until Monday, according to investigators. Meanwhile, her husband, who is charged with killing her, remains behind bars without bail.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Sunday evening that the autopsy for Jane Tetreault, which was initially scheduled for Sunday, was postponed by the state Medical Examiner’s Office until Monday. The 38-year-old mother of two from Turner was shot early Saturday morning in her East Hebron Road home in Turner. Her husband, 45-year-old Brian Nichols, was arrested later that day after being questioned by investigators.

He remains in the Androscoggin County Jail charged with one count of Class A murder. McCausland said that Nichols is expected to make his first official court appearance Monday or Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court, depending on the availability of a judge.

According to the jail admission record, Nichols was officially arrested at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. McCausland said only that he was taken to an undisclosed location prior to his arrest and declined to release any details about why Nichols was taken to the hospital. A booking photo of Nichols was unavailable Sunday night.

The 911 call came in around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Androscoggin County sheriff’s deputies found Tetreault’s body. One of the couple’s sons, a 17-year-old, was home at the time.

McCausland said that investigators were scheduled to return to the couple’s home Sunday to continue gathering evidence. He added that authorities would also be continuing to interview friends, family and co-workers of the couple.

“We’re working our way out to learn as much as possible about the couple,” McCausland said.

A motive has not yet been released by investigators.