special report

According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by eGreenville Extra, Nicole Kennedy-Pride is believed to have been strangled to death by her estranged husband, Matthew Pride. He is currently behind bars on $1 million bond.

According to Dr. Stephen Hastings with Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, the cause of death will be listed as strangulation and the manner of death will be listed as homicide.

The affidavit states that officers arrived at Nicole’s house on Stonewall Street after her coworkers were unable to reach her. One of her coworkers went to Nicole’s house and found her in her bed and unresponsive, with Matthew inside the home as well.

“An ambulance crew was called to the residence and confirmed that Nicole Pride had been deceased for some time, therefore no resuscitation efforts were attempted,” the affidavit reads. “Matthew Kenton Pride would not respond to questions and had a blank stare on his face.”

The affidavit continues, saying officers found two guns on a chair adjacent to the bed where Nicole’s body was found, and her cell phone was in a hallway near the bedroom.

The couple’s 14-year-old son was allegedly in the home the morning she was found, but said he was sleeping and did not awaken until police arrived.

Police tracked Nicole’s smartwatch and found she had no heartbeat after 10:05 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2019.

In the affidavit, police said Nicole filed a temporary order of protection one month earlier, on Jan. 14, 2019, saying Matthew had committed family violence by “kicking me, punching me, busting my lip, destroying property, refusing to allow me to use my cell phone and threatening to kill me on three separate occasions.”