Nicole Ryan gets $750K bond after slashing throat of fiance with domestic assault history

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
The second-degree murder charge against Fort Collins' Nicole Marie Ryan will likely be a complicated one to prove. The facts on the surface seem simple: Ryan appears to have slashed the throat of her fiance, Raymond Wimmer, who later bled to death. But this act was prefigured by a back story involving a record of domestic abuse that's only starting to emerge.

The heavy lifting on this story has been done by the Fort Collins Coloradan, which reported that at about 11:25 p.m. on October 5, Ryan, who's 23, called 911 to say that she'd injured a person she described as her husband, although she and the dead man, thirty-year-old Raymond Neal Wimmer, were engaged but not yet wed.

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The house where the incident took place.
Wimmer had been injured, all right, as indicated by the slit across his throat. By the time emergency crews arrived at the address, on the 400 block of North Meldrum Street in FoCo, and transported him to a nearby hospital, he'd already expired.

The incident reportedly took place in a basement bedroom of a home where Ryan's mom, her brother and another roommate also lived. But no one other than Ryan and Wimmer were around when the knife came out. However, a woman who attended Ryan's bond hearing this week told the Coloradoan that Wimmer had threatened to leave Ryan during an alcohol-fueled argument before the fatal incident, prompting her to "attack" him.

Whatever actually happened on the night in question, there's no doubt that both Ryan and Wimmer had previous interactions with police. But the main black mark on her record isn't a violent crime.

According to the Coloradoan, Ryan earned a two-year deferred sentence in relation to a 2008 case involving alleged false statements about prescribed drugs and small-time (under $500) theft. And Wimmer? He racked up a number of restraining orders -- among them one for domestic assault against his former wife.

Will Ryan claim Wimmer had been assaulting her, and that she acted in self-defense? It's too soon to know. In the meantime, she remains behind bars on second-degree-murder and domestic-violence charges. Here's a larger look at her mug shot, as well as an earlier booking photo of Wimmer.

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Nicole Ryan.

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Raymond Wimmer.

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sireeasmithhart
sireeasmithhart

I was with Ray for 3 years i have two baby girls with him and he was always sooo good to me and them he would never hit a girl or anyone he was such a loving and giving person abby and sarah miss him so much she took their daddy away he wont be there to walk them when they get married or be there for their first date they r going through so much right now and it is really hard i love him and he was such a good person he did not deserve that at all we love you and miss you baby ray

sindacarson
sindacarson

He grew up in a abusive home and he saw the damage that it did, he wasn't violent towards women and he Loved his kids ,he never hit women I don't know what happened that night But God does and he knew Ray's heart , as his family we pray for God to forgive her and to change her heart and to look at what she done and to change her life, we miss him my heart breaks thinking I;ll never talk to him or see him again or knowing that his baby girls will never get to laugh with him ,and that's something he did for everyone he met. we miss you. You will always be in our hearts.    R.I.P. Ray Riddle Box Wimmer  

spencercena
spencercena

I known ray for some time he was a great person.. and he was good to my kids and good to me.. I am devastated about this news and I feel a piece of me died..this was a selfish act you took a life of a father because of your lack of common sence.. you deserve everything you get..you are the one responsible for this you need to face the fact that he's never coming back and I hope you live with that for the rest of your life.. you are a heartless person and Raymond did not hurt you Raymond never was a violent person

baygirl18
baygirl18

i have known ray since i was 15 im now 20 ray and i were engaged when i was 18 things were good when they were great my best friend is the mother of two of his kids they miss him like crazy he never even thought of hitting me he saw the scars i had from one of my exs and he wanted to kill him ray had the sweeties heart everyone who met him  he warmed there hearts

skinlab_psychopath20
skinlab_psychopath20

I've known ray for 17 years and he isn't abusive, hell him and i used to live together when i lived in Greeley, Co.

inusgurl19
inusgurl19

I've know nicki for 8 years and as well as anyone else knew she had issues she was always involved in something in particular she is.t a bad person we spent a lot of time together she just could never handle her booze or emotional pain it was a bad mix. Weather it was self defense or not I can't say and she needs to accept consequences for her actions but nicki is not a bad person.

bellasmomnorte
bellasmomnorte

I don't for a second believe he would have laid hands on her, he beat up the dude who socked me in the nose, i knew him very well he just wanted every one to keep the peace, and because he threatened to leave her is no reason to "attack" him she ruined her own life as well as his and has hurt so many more....i don't believe she should have a bond at all untilled all the details and evidence are present....there is a lot of pissed off people out here....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The filing of a 2nd degree murder charge shows the D.A. isn't that strong on the case himself .

Usually we would see a 1st degree filing , but not here . There is a history w/ the deceased that will inevitably continue to favor the alleged killer . This SHOULD factor into a bond reduction , as well . 

MetroBailBonds
MetroBailBonds

@AclassBailBonds @DenverWestword - Let me know if you need help underwriting it! :) We underwrite large bonds.

sindacarson
sindacarson

@Juan_Leg you only have her word on this . I'm his mom I know what kind of person my son was he may have been drinking that night but he wasn't abusive to her what so ever and as for his past it was the women he was with that was the abuser not him .....ask his exes they'll tell you what kind of person he was!!!!


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