Erich Nowsch Jr. is the 19-year-old charged with murdering Tammy Meyers, a 44-year-old mother of four who lived in his neighborhood. A series of altercations occurred after Tammy took her 15-year-old daughter Kristal for a driving lesson at night, also involving Tammy’s 22-year-old son Brandon Meyers. Nowsch is accused of shooting Tammy Meyers in her driveway. (She died two days after the shooting.) Nowsch is now in prison without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing (March 10).
Nowsch’s lawyers say their client suffered a fractured skull as an infant (his father admitted to dropping him on his head in the garage) which could be used in his murder defense. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he will consider Nowsch’s childhood injury while deciding whether to seek the death penalty against him. Nowsch’s father was arrested in May 1996 on a felony child abuse. He pleaded guilty. When Nowsch Jr. was 14, his father killed himself. Dr. Stephen Reich, a lawyer and psychologist, “called it crucial to learn if Nowsch at times in his life lost emotional control or acted out, and equally important to consider whether he has the ability to identify right and wrong.” ABC 20/20 will investigate the murder of Tammy Meyers on February 5 at 10pm.