Bond Revoked for Scottsboro Teen for Repeated Drug and Gun Offenses

SCOTTSBORO, Ala, (WHNT) — A teenager who was involved in a deadly shooting last fall is now being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.

Deputies arrested 19-year old Jonathan Maurice Nicholson on a variety of drug charges Friday, which were a violation of the terms of his bond after an arrest in early March.

Nicholson suffered a gunshot wound to the face September 18, and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tessa Groves died in what Scottsboro detective Scott Matthews called an odd case.

“The evidence showed there was only one shot fired that night,” Matthews said.

Investigators recently received some evidence back from the department of forensics on the shooting, and hope to get the complete report soon to determine whether or not to file charges against Nicholson for Groves’ death.

Scottsboro police responded March 8 to a call about another incident involving Nicholson and a firearm.  Matthews said Nicholson used a gun during a robbery at the J & W Motel.

“It appears [Nicholson] was just after…any cash the victim may have had.  The victim gave a good description of the suspect and he was apprehended a few minutes later,” he said.

Matthews said Nicholson was in his car when police caught him, and officers observed him trying to conceal something under the driver’s seat.  They found a handgun hidden under the seat, and Matthews said it was the same type of gun described by the victim.

Investigators said the gun was unregistered and Nicholson had several Xanax pills.

“He was charged with first degree robbery, theft, and possession of controlled substance that night, and also carrying a pistol without a permit,” Matthews said.

It was Nicholson’s sixth arrest by Scottsboro police since he turned 18 in August 2011.

Members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and criminal investigators executed a search warrant Friday, April 5, at a home on North Houston Street.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Nicholson was one of five people inside at the time.

“They found a pretty good size bag of marijuana, several controlled pills,” Harnen said.

“After those people were transported [to the jail], we found an additional quantity of crack cocaine which was hidden under a couch where they had been sitting.  We had searched it previously so we know it came from somebody that was sitting on that couch,” he said.

Nicholson was charged with unlawful possession of crack cocaine, unlawful possession of Xanax, unlawful possession of hydrocodone, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and bond revocation, so he will stay in jail until trial.

“There does seem to be a pattern with him being in trouble,” detective Matthews said.

“There’s a safety issue with the public and maybe that is where he needs to be right now until this is resolved.”