Landlord charged with murder of tenant

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader


A patrol unit of the Vidor Police Department at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Friday was patrolling the 1300 block of First Street when he heard a shot fired in his vicinity. The officer exited his patrol car to investigate and moved towards the area that the shot appeared to come from.

The Officer observed a male victim, Chris Nicolasora of Vidor, run from a residence in the 1300 block of First Street and collapse in the front yard clutching his chest.

The officer immediately called for additional units to respond to his location. Officers quickly arrived on-scene, secured the area and began to call for the occupants to exit the residence through the front door.

James Adrian McClelland, 68, appeared in the door way and exited the residence without incident.

During the investigation, it was learned that Nicolasora and McClelland had a landlord-tenant relationship. They had engaged in an argument during which a handgun was displayed.

The firearm was fired striking Nicolasora, he was declared deceased on scene by Acadian Ambulance Service medics.

McClelland has been charged with murder and is currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond.