Lawsuit filed in Huntsville Private Investigator’s murder

Family and friends of Jim Cappello are now seeking monetary damages for his death.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 4:10 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a Huntsville murder suspect, and the acute care hospital where she worked.

“We’re asking for civil damages, money damages to compensate the minor child for the loss of her father," plaintiff’s attorney Will League said.

Nikki Cappello, was charged in her husband Jim Cappello’s murder, after his body was found in the couple’s garage in September of 2018.

Her criminal trial has been delayed multiple times, most recently because of coronavirus delays that affected Alabama’s entire court system.

Nikki Cappello, is accused of using insulin to poison her husband.

According to the lawsuit, she stole that insulin from the acute care hospital where she worked, which was identified as North Alabama Specialty Hospital in Athens.

League, who filed suit against Cappello and the hospital says there’s still a big question that needs to be answered.

“Is there something in policy and procedure that was violated or breached by her employer, giving someone who is under investigation for stealing drugs, access to drugs to help her commit that unspeakable act against Mr. Cappello," League explained.

Both Nikki Cappello, and North Alabama Specialty Hospital are accused of wrongful death and negligence in the lawsuit.

It’s been two years since Jim’s death, and his sister, Jamie Weast, says it’s hard to fathom Jim’s wife was responsible.

“I didn’t think she was capable of murder, I didn’t think she was capable of doing this to her daughter’s father," Weast said.

Weast says she hopes this civil lawsuit will help ease the pain Jim’s daughter will endure the rest of her life.

“She’s living with her cousins and we’re providing her a whole lot of love, but her world is different. As she grows, she’s gonna have a lot of questions and hiccups along the way. I can’t imagine what she’s gonna go through the rest of her life. I can’t imagine," Weast continued.

North Alabama Specialty Hospital CEO Tony Bonilla released the following statement:

“We are aware of this horrible tragedy and have fully cooperated with authorities. Our hospital works with many national vendors to maintain high security standards and we have no reason to believe that our particular hospital, one of several with which Mrs. Cappello has worked, was a part of her alleged crimes.”

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