Woman faces murder charge in hit-and-run death of boyfriend

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A Valley woman now faces a murder charge in connection with a hit-and-run crash in January that left her boyfriend dead, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.

Brittney Nicole Nolan, 20, was indicted April 29 by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

She was originally arrested on only the hit-and-run charge and had bond set at $10,000. She pleaded not guilty to that charge in February.

She was booked on the new charges Wednesday, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office booking information.

Police say 20-year-old Jacob Rice was walking south in a neighborhood near Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue in north Phoenix when he was struck by a southbound Nissan Sentra driven by Nolan.

She reportedly told investigators she and Rice got into an argument on the way home from a desert party where she consumed some alcohol, and he walked away from the car.

According to police, she also said she accessed her cellphone while she was out looking for Rice and lost control of the car, swerving into the shoulder area. She said she thought she hit some sort of pole and kept driving.

Rice's body was found by a jogger the next morning, and Nolan's damaged car was located at a nearby apartment complex hours later.

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