Nurse, 58, is charged with murder after she injected lethal drug into friend

Nurse, 58, is charged with murder after she allegedly injected lethal drug into friend who asked her to help him die following a breakup

  • A nurse was charged with murder after allegedly helping a friend die following a breakup
  • Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, pleaded not guilty after she was arrested in Arizona
  • It comes after the body of Matthew Peter Sokalski was found in a California hotel
  • Koepplin was charged with one felony count of murder and is released on bail  

A nurse was charged with murder after allegedly injecting drugs into a friend who asked her to help him die after he went through a break-up.

Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, pleaded not guilty to murder after she was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona on October 15. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation into the death of Matthew Peter Sokalski after his body was found inside a room of a Mission Viejo hotel by hotel staff on April 6, 2018, according to a statement.

Kristie Jane Koepplin, 58, (pictured), was charged with murder after injecting drugs into a friend who asked her to help him die after he went through a break-up

‘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,’ said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. 

‘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.’

Koepplin was arrested in the driveway of her home earlier this month, according to court documents seen by WTHR. She has been charged with one felony count of murder.

She is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on January 7, at 8.30 am.

She faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life if convicted. Koepplin posted $1 million bail and was released from custody.

California has a right to die law, but it only applies to terminally ill patients who are able to make medical decisions.

 

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