Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) A woman charged with killing her three children by burning down her home for insurance money sobbed in court in Colorado Springs today, as firefighters described crawling through smoke and flames in hopes of saving them.
Deborah Nicholls is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and other counts in the fire on March 7, 2003. She could face life in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors allege she and her husband, Timothy Nicholls, set fire to the house and killed the children, ages 3, 5, and 11.
Timothy Nicholls was convicted last year of felony murder and is serving life in prison without parole.
Deborah Nicholls has said the fire was accidental and was started by candles.