Nurse accused of trying to kill husband found not guilty

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 7:50 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11)  -- A Louisville nurse accused of trying to kill her husband by cutting off his oxygen and giving him too much morphine has been found not guilty. Prosecutor, Jeremy Mull, accused the woman of being neglectful to her sick and disabled husband.

The case against Diane Simpson went to the jury Friday after 4 days of trial. Diane Simpson took the stand proclaiming her innocence, and after a couple hours of deliberation she was found not guilty on all charges.

Ron Simpson and Diane had been married for 17 years. On November 4, 2010, Ron was found in a near comatose state by his children. His children testified this week that Diane was abusive to their father who had recently become blind and suffered from diabetes, emphysema and other health issues.

Diane Simpson maintained her innocence throughout the trial stating she was acting in her husband’s best interest as his wife and caregiver.

After the verdict was reached Diane cried. Her attorney, John Grannan, said she plans on moving to California to be with her family. He also said Simpson was ready to move on with her life.

Grannan said that Simpson's nursing license was suspended during the trial, now it is up to the nurse's board to decide if she can practice again.

Ron’s children told WHAS11 they were shocked and full of disbelief at the verdict, but said they were happy to act out their dying father’s last wish of tying to get justice.

There is no chance to appeal this case.

 

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