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Former Nurse Allegedly Stole Insulin From Hospital To Poison Her Private Eye Husband

Private eye James Cappello was apparently investigating his own wife, Marjorie Nicole "Nikki" Cappello, to prepare for a custody battle when she allegedly fatally poisoned him.

By Gina Tron
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A former nurse is accused of swiping insulin from the hospital where she worked so that she could poison her husband, a well-known private investigator in their Alabama community, who was preparing to divorce her.

Marjorie Nicole “Nikki” Cappello, 33, of Huntsville, was indicted last week for the 2018 death of her husband James “Jim” Cappello, 37.

In late September 2018, Cappello filed a missing persons report for her husband. A day after she filed that report, she allegedly called her friend Crystal Anderson and confessed that she actually killed her husband, WAFF48 in Huntsville reported last year. She also allegedly asked her pal to help her move and dispose of his body.

Anderson didn’t help move any body, but she did call the police. When the police arrived at the couple’s Huntsville home, they claimed they could smell a foul smell emanating from the home’s front porch.  When they entered the property, they discovered James’ decomposing body in the garage and an alleged dug-out grave in the home’s backyard.

It’s believed that the private investigator died of insulin poisoning. Huntsville police have accused Cappello of taking insulin from her former hospital job, Alabama.com reports. Hospital staffers found insulin missing from their supply following the death, according to WAFF.

Cappello was arrested and charged with murder in September 2018, but she was released on $100,000 bond after being jailed for just two days, according to online jail records.

She has since surrendered her nursing license.

Cappello’s attorney, Ron Smith, told Alabama.com that his client “is presumed innocent” until proven guilty. He also said he hasn’t received any evidence from the prosecution yet.

James, a well-known private investigator in the community, was reportedly investigating his own wife, looking into whether or not she was taking drugs in preparation for an impending divorce and custody battle, WAFF reported. The two had a daughter together.

The former nurse’s coworkers also allegedly claimed she was vocal about her marital problems and even expressed that his death would be the only way for her to feel free.

Both Cappello’s arraignment and trial are scheduled for 2020. She faces up to life behind bars if convicted.