HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The jury trial began on Monday morning for a former Huntsville nurse charged with murdering her husband in 2018.
Marjorie “Nikki” Cappello, is facing a murder charge in the 2018 death of her husband, James “Jim” Cappello.
Cappello was arrested on September 24, 2018, and charged with murder. At the time, the 32-year-old was booked into the Madison County Jail. Online jail records showed she posted her $100,000 bond later that same night and was released.
Investigators with the Huntsville Police Department at the time reported that after conducting a search, the body of Nikki’s husband was found inside the couple’s garage in their home on Lauderdale Road. The 37-year-old was a private investigator.
James Cappello had been reported missing to by his friend and family just days earlier.
Because Marjorie would not consent to authorities searching her home, investigators were forced to get a search warrant. Police spent several hours at the home and eventually discovered James’ body in the garage.
Marjorie went voluntarily with police to be questioned.
In 2019, Marjorie Cappello was indicted by a grand jury on allegations that she poisoned her husband with insulin at their south Huntsville home. She was charged with reckless murder. Prosecutors went back to the grand jury in 2021 and reindicted her on a charge of intentional murder.
Marjorie’s murder trial was slated to begin earlier in 2022, but was pushed back over scheduling conflicts.
In the first day of trial, twelve jurors and two alternates were selected. The jury is made up of six men and eight women.
From there, the trial went on to opening statements. Prosecutor Shea Keller laid out the state’s argument, saying Nikki poisoned Jim with insulin which would have been deadly, as he was not diabetic.
Keller says Huntsville police officers found syringes in Nikki’s night stand. Keller also mentioned that Nikki talked with a friend about killing her husband before his death. The state plans to bring that friend to the witness stand later in the trial.
Meanwhile, Nikki’s defense attorney Brian White says for a jury to convict Nikki with murder, the state must prove Jim died from insulin. But that could be difficult, as insulin doesn’t show up in a decomposing body after a certain amount of time.
The forensic pathologist who performed Jim’s autopsy will be brought for testimony later in the trial.
Jim’s sister Jamie Weast is in town for the trial, among other family and friends of Jim. Weast tells News 19 she continues to seek justice for her brother.
“The details of the trial will come out, I’m sure we will know alot more at the end of the week,” says Weast. “Its just been tough for sure, for all of us. For anyone who knew him. All the lives that he has touched. It’s been tough. We are just looking forward to getting it over with.”
Before court ended on Monday the states called its first witness to the stand, Jim’s best friend Matt Hornbuckle. He testified that Jim was a generally healthy man, but felt extremely sick and had symptoms of low blood sugar in the days before his death.