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Husband arrested for murder 11 years after alleging wife was shot dead while fighting the intruder
Ramsey County Jail / St. Paul Police More than 11 years ago, Heidi Firkus, an artist and avid churchgoer who loved watching Rom-Coms, was fatally shot at her home in Minnesota. Her husband Nicholas Firkus said someone broke into her home in St. Paul at around 6:30 am on April 25, 2010. He picked up his shotgun and tried to repel the intruder, but the gun went off twice and hit his 25-year-old woman behind, reported the Twin Cities Pioneer Press at the time. Nicholas, 27, was shot in the leg. Nicholas Firkus was a “victim, not a perpetrator,” said his lawyer at the time. In a dramatic turn on Wednesday, a SWAT team took Firkus into custody in a pre-dawn robbery and Ramsey County law firm charged him with murder. It is not yet clear what caused the extraordinary reversal. Firkus will appear in court on Thursday. ‘F * cking Monster’: Mother of Dead Children Rages as Father Is Indicted by Nebraska “We are very grateful for all of those who have worked so hard and long to get this case to this point. And also for everyone who prayed and stood next to us over the years, “said Heidi’s family in a statement to FOX 9.” We hope that these accusations will finally bring the truth to light and Heidi will do justice. Even though we know we can’t have her back, we believe Heidi wants us to have the truth. God is honored by the truth. Heidi’s life and memory are further honored by the truth. “Heidi met her husband at church, where they both worked as youth group leaders. They married in 2005 and moved together to the two-story house on a tree-lined street on Hamline in a 2010 search warrant affidavit that contained the couple’s credit reports When asked, it turned out they were in financial distress, their house was in foreclosure and was due to be evicted the day after Heidi died. Nothing in the house was sold or packaged, investigators said, and despite one thing Berg’s unpaid bills and outstanding balances appeared to the couple to have a “lifestyle of wanton spending beyond their means,” the affidavit said. Although Nicholas later told police that Heidi knew about her financial troubles, numerous family members and close friends informed the investigators with that they believed they were in the dark. The police never found evidence of forced entry or a witness who saw an intruder. “The neighborhood is densely populated and bright at the time of the incident,” read the 2010 affidavit. Nicholas remarried two years after Heidi’s death. That marriage ended in divorce in 2019. The day after Heidi’s death, he stopped speaking to the police. In the meantime, Heidi’s family and friends were looking for answers. In a 2019 article by Pioneer Press, they pleaded for renewed help in solving the decade-old case, saying Heidi never kept her financial troubles a secret. “She was never ashamed of being vulnerable or having tough conversations,” said Jessie Bain. She remembered looking happy and normal leading up to her death and even taking her husband on a trip to Hawaii. “There are so many things that don’t go together,” said Ashley Starr, a teenage friend, said at the time. Read more at The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Submit it to The Daily Beast here. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.