HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County jury found former Huntsville nurse Marjorie “Nikki” Cappello guilty of intentional murder Thursday afternoon.
Nikki was found guilty of murdering her husband, James “Jim” Cappello after giving him insulin injections. Jim’s body was found at their home on September 29, 2018, just two days after his family reported him missing.
The grand jury heard nearly four days of testimony from the state and Nikki’s defense.
A total of 15 witnesses were called to testify, none of them being from the defence. Those witnesses included Huntsville police investigators, a medical examiner and friends of the couple.
On Thursday morning, Crystal Henderson, a friend of Nikki’s, spoke out and said Nikki called her in the days surrounding Jim’s death. She testified that Nikki confessed to killing him with insulin and that her body was in the family garage, where Jim’s body was found.
Several pieces of evidence were presented throughout the trial, including video of Nikki with investigators after police found Jim’s body. A photo of a muddy shovel, muddy women’s shoes and a shallow grave in the backyard was also shown.
Prosecutors also asked the investigator to go through footage of Jim’s body after he was found decomposing on a tarp in Cappello’s garage, along with insulin needles and syringes found inside. the House.
After closing arguments and a lunch break, the jury was indicted and deliberations began. Just over 30 minutes later, the jury returned a guilty verdict.
Jim Cappello’s father, sister and other family members sat throughout the trial. They said they were happy with the verdict, but that doesn’t take away the pain.
“Will there ever be a full shutdown?” said James Cappello, Jim’s father. “I mean one game is over. The other, you have to heal from that. He will never be forgotten.
Jamie Weast, Jim’s sister, said she was overcome with emotion in the courtroom.
“It was tears of joy for sure,” she said. “You know it won’t bring him back, but we can start crying for sure.”
But for James Cappello, some things are still unclear.
“We don’t know why, we still don’t know why,” he said. “There are questions you want answered and all we have is ‘she’s guilty, she’s going to jail’ but you know, not why.”
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