Retired Florida nurse accused of killing husband in hospital bed

Posted at 6:09 AM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 06:09:29-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a retired Palm Coast nurse suffocated her husband in his hospital bed earlier this year.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood tells news outlets that 61-year-old Jan Sochalski was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder following 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. He had been in the hospital to recover from elective back surgery.