(02/20/2010)
Roane County Deputy Sheriff Mike King said the investigation into the death of former Grantsville Police Chief J. D. Nicholson has not been closed.

Nicholson's body was discovered on the floor of his Walton, Roane County residence June 8, 2009.

The WV Medical Examiner said Nicholson died of combined morphine, Alprazolam and alcohol intoxication.

Morphine is a narcotic painkiller that can become addictive, and should never to be used with alcohol.

Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine, whose brand name is Xanax, is administered by prescription for anxiety disorders, can also be addictive, with medical advice that it never be used with alcohol.

One month prior to his death, Nicholson was hospitalized after what he said was an attack on his person, allegedly being struck by a ball bat on his front porch.

Authorities have indicated initial suspects reportedly connected to the incident were not in the area at the time.

A short time before his death he was also injured in a lawn mower accident.

Authorities have indicated initial suspects reportedly connected to the incident were not in the area at the time.

Nicholson was the Chief of Police in Grantsville for about one year in 2006-07, resigning from the position.

He then worked as a process server for the Calhoun Sheriff's Department.

The former Clendenin police officer was also a security officer with the University of Charleston, before going abroad to work on projects in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Nicholson was an unsuccessful candidate for Roane County sheriff prior to his death.

"The investigation into his death is still on-going," said deputy King.


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