DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a retired Florida nurse faces a second-degree murder charge after authorities say she suffocated her husband in his hospital bed when he suffered life-threatening complications and became unresponsive following and elective back surgery.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood tells news outlets that 61-year-old Jan Sochalski of Palm Coast was arrested Monday in connection with the May 19 death of 64-year-old Henry Sochalski.
An arrest report says a nurse found the suspect on top of her husband in his bed moments before his death at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
A Volusia County medical examiner ruled earlier this month that Henry Sochalski's death was a homicide caused by suffocation. His nose was purple and there were signs of bleeding inside his upper lip.
Investigators say Jan Sochalski denies killing her husband.
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