Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) deputies responded to 172 Kimberly Ann Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, in the late night hours of December 19th in reference to a 911 call for assistance.
Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a male subject who reported that he was attacked with a baseball bat by his roommate. EMS was called to the scene, treated the victim's injuries and transported him to Sacred Heart hospital for further treatment and observation.
The suspect, Jason Robert Nichols, 38, of Santa Rosa Beach, was still inside the residence when deputies arrived and he cooperated with law enforcement without incident. According to statements gathered, an argument ensued between the two roommates over rent and household bills. The victim went to his bedroom and shut the door. Nichols entered the victim's bedroom with an aluminum baseball bat and struck him several times.
Nichols was charged with Aggravated Battery, a second degree felony. Nichols was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.
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