DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a retired Florida nurse suffocated her husband in his hospital bed as he was recovering from elective back surgery.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood tells news outlets that 61-year-old Jan Sochalski of Palm Coast was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder 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.