Garretson was arrested Jan. 2 and charged with malicious wounding. Kanawha Magistrate Mike Sisson transferred the case to circuit court after a preliminary hearing earlier this month. She remains at South Central Regional Jail on $150,000 bond.
Nichols was rushed to CAMC General where he remained in the intensive care unit for several days. Doctors started to wean him from a ventilator five days after the incident.
"It was just a dramatic change from New Year's," Baylous said. "He's up and moving around, still dealing with some issues here and there."
Nichols suffered a broken wrist but it wasn't discovered until about a week ago, Baylous said. Now he sports a cast on that arm while it mends.
The trooper will continue his recovery at home with his wife and daughter, Baylous said.
"Such a remarkable difference," Baylous said. "He was in good hands down there at the hospital and, more importantly, good hands from his father above."
The sergeant said Nichols' wife wanted to thank members of the public for their prayers and support. He said she told him they could "feel the prayers" and it meant a lot to her and their family.
Baylous wouldn't comment on Nichols' recovery process but said he was a fighter.
"Knowing what I know about him, he doesn't give up," he said. "He's a fighter and he'll recover as much as he's able to recover. He'll just keep getting stronger."
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