For years, family members and associates of 25-year-old Heidi Firkus have been puzzled by her loss of life in 2010 on the house she shared along with her husband, Nick, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Heidi died from a single shotgun blast to her again that her husband mentioned she suffered as he wrestled with an intruder. Nick Firkus instructed police a person burst by way of their entrance door within the daybreak hours of April 25. Moments earlier, at his request, Heidi had known as 911 to report an intruder was breaking into their house.
Heidi’s homicide was unsolved till investigator Nichole Sipes of the Saint Paul Police Division was assigned the case.
“It by no means felt proper. The story by no means made sense to me,” Sipes tells “48 Hours” contributor Jamie Yuccas in “Demise on the Entrance Door: Who Shot Heidi Firkus?” airing Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10/9c on CBS and streaming on Paramount+
When Sipes took over the investigation in 2019, she reviewed all the case file and listened to the 911 calls made on the day of Heidi’s loss of life.
“Somebody’s attempting to interrupt into my house,” Heidi instructed a 911 operator. Close to the top of her name, a loud noise is heard, adopted by a scream from Heidi. Roughly 65 seconds later, Heidi’s husband known as 911 from her telephone. “Any individual simply broke in my home and shot me and my spouse …”
Sipes realized when first responders arrived on the scene, Heidi was pronounced useless. Nick was transported to the hospital, the place he was handled for a gunshot wound to his leg. A couple of hours later, Nick arrived on the police station for an interview. He instructed investigators he awoke within the early hours to get a drink of water from the lavatory and mentioned he heard somebody twiddling with the entrance door. Nick then mentioned he grabbed his shotgun from the closet, woke Heidi and instructed her to name 911. Nick mentioned he rushed Heidi down the steps so they may escape however as they handed the entrance door, the intruder entered and that wrestle ensued.
“So my finger slipped onto the set off … she was operating away, so I undoubtedly hit her within the again,” Nick instructed investigators. That is when the intruder shot him within the leg, earlier than fleeing, he mentioned.
As investigators examined the crime scene and canvassed the neighborhood, neighbors mentioned they didn’t see anybody operating away from the Firkus home. Nonetheless, Brendan O’Connor, who was home sitting kittens subsequent door, instructed police he heard a muffled argument coming from Nick and Heidi’s home adopted by gunshots and a voice yelling, “you shot her, you shot me, please, please, no …”
Nick additionally instructed investigators he and Heidi have been behind on payments, had misplaced their house to foreclosures and have been scheduled to maneuver out in 24 hours. “There was no communication between the 2 of them to point that she had any concept of the depth of their monetary points,” Sipes mentioned. The investigator believes Nick was intentionally hiding their monetary troubles from Heidi.
“I imagine he was involved in regards to the disgrace of what he had accomplished, how it might look … that he could not come clear along with her,” Sipes mentioned.
Sipes realized Nick had remarried after Heidi’s loss of life and was now divorced. When Sipes interviewed his ex-wife, Rachel Firkus, she instructed her Nick had not been paying their payments. A secret, she says, he stored from her.
Rachel says it was a sample that appeared just like the monetary scenario years earlier with Heidi. “He was undoubtedly repeating the identical issues he did with Heidi with me,” Rachel instructed “48 Hours.” Rachel even shared audio recordings of her conversations with Nick and what she says have been his lies concerning their monetary issues.
In 2021, prosecutors mentioned they’d sufficient proof to. They mentioned there was no intruder on the house that day and Nick shot himself within the leg after he murdered Heidi.
On Jan. 27, 2023, Nick Firkus went on trial. He was discovered. A couple of months later, at Nick’s sentencing, he refused to simply accept guilt: “I do keep and can keep to my dying breath my innocence of this crime.” The choose gave Nick a life sentence with out parole. Firkus is interesting his conviction.
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