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Man charged in killing treated for mental illness

Nick Delich in a photo on his MySpace page.

Nick Delich in a photo on his MySpace page.

A Tucson man accused of killing a police officer and wounding two deputies has a history of mental illness and a minor criminal history.

David Nickolas Delich, 25, was treated at Palo Verde Behavioral Health about six years ago, his attorney, Brick P. Storts III, said Monday. Storts declined to elaborate on Delich’s condition at the time.

Delich’s MySpace pages show pictures of him with guns and he wrote in a blog, “soon I plan to kill many police officers.”

Storts said he has represented Delich, who goes by Nick, and his father, David Delich, for seven or eight years.

Delich appeared fidgety Monday during an initial appearance at which City Court Judge Tony Riojas set bond at $2.5 million. Monday night he made another court appearance on the charge of first degree murder. Bail was increased by $1 million, said a jail records clerk Tuesday.

“He’s kind of disassociated with everything going on,” Storts said.

Storts described Nick Delich, a Sabino High School graduate, as a “mild-mannered type of person” who has worked for years at his father’s thriving auto repair business, Saguaro Restoration, 5728 E. 22nd St. A jail booking sheet indicates Nick Delich told officials he was an unemployed construction worker.

Storts said Delich’s father gained custody of him at age 8 and brought him from San Antonio to Tucson.

David Delich declined to comment.

No one contacted by the Citizen who claims to have known Nick Delich agreed to speak on the record.

The owner of the home in the 8400 block of North Treece Way where Nick Delich is believed to have been living also declined to comment.

Court records show Nick Delich had minor run-ins with the law before his Sunday arrest and no juvenile criminal history.

One of the postings on Delich's MySpace page.

One of the postings on Delich's MySpace page.

David Nickolas Delich

David Nickolas Delich

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