An Arizona nurse is facing murder charges for injecting a lethal dose of drugs into a pal who wanted to die following a bad break-up with a paramour, officials said.
Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the death of her friend Matthew Peter Solaski, also 58, who asked for help killing himself after a break-up, according to the Orange County District Attorney.
Police said they launched a probe after Solask’s body was found in April 2018, inside a hotel in Mission Viejo, California.
Koepplin, who is a registered nurse, was busted earlier this month in her home state for allegedly assisting in his death.
“California’s right to die law strictly governs the conditions under which terminally ill adult patients with the capacity to make medical decisions can be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “That was not the case here. It is beyond disturbing that someone who is trained as a nurse to aid the sick and the dying would twist their duty to willingly end the life of another human being.”
The nurse is set to return to court Jan. 7 for a pre-trial hearing.
If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison.
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