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Ex-roommate’s murder charge shocks student

Tylor Leffler says Nickolas Mislow was a perfect roommate. The only time she ever had a problem with him was when he caught and skinned a wild boar and left the carcass on the property of her former San Carlos Park home, which she shared with him and a friend.

“We had male roommates before and they really didn’t work out … but Nick just seemed ideal,” Leffler said. “He would clean up after himself. Anytime he used the kitchen he washed the dishes.” Florida Gulf Coast University senior Leffler says she was in disbelief when she heard that Mislow, a freshman at FGCU, had been arrested and charged with murder.

Mislow, 19, and his brother, Jacob Luke Mislow, 21, were arrested Nov. 23 after an alleged drug deal gone awry left two men dead, according to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Collier deputies responded to a report of shots being fired in Naples and found the bodies of 23-year-old Eric Donrell Riley and 21-year-old Keegan J. Leon. According to the sheriff’s report, both died from gunshot wounds. Witnesses reported seeing two men jumping into a white Chevrolet pickup truck immediately after the shooting, and that one of the men was carrying a gun and a bag.

According to the sheriff’s report, at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday, Collier deputies stopped a white pickup truck matching the description of the vehicle seen by witnesses. The two male occupants also matched the description witnesses gave. Jacob Mislow was in the driver’s seat, injured by a gunshot wound to the leg; Nickolas Mislow was in the passenger’s seat.

Deputies reported finding a loaded semi-automatic handgun under the driver’s seat and a box of bullets in the armrest. Police also found a loaded magazine in the passenger side door. Jacob Mislow was transported to the hospital for treatment before he was taken to jail. Bail is set at $2 million for each brother, according to the Collier sheriff’s website.

Both Mislows are charged with two counts of third degree murder. Their next court date is scheduled for Dec. 16. “(Jacob) was always at the house … he just seemed like a goofy kid,” Leffler said. “I’m serious when I say I did not see this coming. When I saw the article (on jumpanzee.wpengine.com) I was in shock. You don’t think someone you know or live with is capable of anything like that. They really seem like nice guys.”

Leffller, who lived with Mislow from August to September of this year, said he would keep to himself but was not anti-social. She recalls watching movies in her living room with him. He even made an apple-carrot dessert that he shared with Leffler and their other roommate.

“He was really friendly. That’s the reason we let him live with us,” Leffler said. “Not to stereotype, but he wasn’t the quiet kid that no one was friends with. That’s not what this was.”

When Leffler moved out of the house in San Carlos Park, she thinks the rising bills may have overwhelmed Mislow. She says their other roommate told her Mislow refused to pay more than they originally agreed upon, $366 a month.

It was at this point Leffler says she thinks things began to go downhill for Mislow. She says because he refused to pay the increasing bills, their other roommate moved out, too, leaving the San Carlos Park house solely to Mislow.

Although she never saw him do drugs of any kind, Leffler speculates it is possible Mislow turned to drugs to pay for his increasing bills. She says she hopes if he did commit the crimes of which he’s accused, it was in selfdefense. “I think it’s important to remember — he’s obviously done a crime. He’s going to get in trouble for his actions, but I don’t think he’s an evil person or a really bad person,” Leffler said. “I just think he got himself into trouble and made a really big mistake. It’s so hard to imagine him being a cold-blooded killer.”

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