Huntsville, AL

Convicted killer Nikki Cappello to face civil lawsuit

Lavinia Thompson

A nurse convicted of murdering her husband on May 19 will now have a civil lawsuit to answer to, News19 is reporting.

Will League, a Huntsville civil attorney, filed a lawsuit nearly two years ago and has been waiting to get the truth out of Marjorie “Nikki” Cappello as to why she murdered her husband, James “Jim” Cappello. News19 adds he also wants to get compensation for the Cappello’s daughter, Riley, since she has lost both parents with one dead and the other facing up to forty years in prison for the murder.

“Any proceeds we recover from Nikki or any other defendant who was negligent in this matter, all those proceeds would go to help Riley, his child, which he would want. Whether it be college, or trying to provide some type of support because again she’s lost her father. When you think about it, what’s the value of a father?” League said.

Any civil proceedings had to await the conclusion of a criminal trial. Nikki had the right to not testify at the criminal trial, but she won’t be able to hide behind that for the civil lawsuit, League says. He stated that he will ask her why and how this murder occurred.

He is also suing Nikki’s former workplace, the North Alabama Specialty Hospital in Athens, where she allegedly stole the insulin used to kill her husband. News19 reports that the documents accuse the hospital of not monitoring Nikki efficiently enough to avoid the theft leading up to Jim’s death.

The 32-year-old woman was found guilty of murder after the jury deliberated for under an hour.

Jim’s family reported him missing on September 27, 2018, but investigators suspected he was dead before that. In a police interview after finding the body, Nikki claimed she last spoke to Jim at 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 20.
Nikki CappelloHuntsville Police Department

Nikki filed a missing persons report on September 22, but refused to let police search her home. However, upon obtaining a warrant, police say they found a prescription drug Jim thought Nikki was abusing, a freshly dug hole in the backyard, a muddy shovel and muddy women’s shoes, and his decomposing body on a tarp in the garage.

Jim, a successful private investigator, was preparing to file for divorce and custody of their seven-year-old daughter after unveiling Nikki’s alleged narcotics addiction. Instead of letting him move on with his life, prosecutors say Nikki poisoned him with insulin, as investigators found insulin needles and syringes in the home.

A sentencing date for Nikki has yet to be announced. Original story can be found here.

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