Woman suspected in cop husband’s murder found dead

A woman accused of killing her husband was found dead ahead of her murder trial.

Jan Sochalski, 62, who has been facing charges of second-degree murder in the suffocation death of her husband, was found dead at her home in Florida Thursday, reports the Daytona Beach News-JournalSochalski was scheduled to appear in court on July 10 for a pre-trial hearing in the case of her husband’s alleged murder.

A Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy reportedly found Sochalski slumped over in a chair in her back porch on Thursday while conducting a wellness check. Deputies were contacted by Sochalski’s daughter who requested the check after being unable to reach her mother.

Foul play is not suspected at this time.

The responding deputy reported seeing three newspapers in Sochalski’s driveway and hearing a dog barking loudly. The deputy entered the back yard through an unlocked gate and entered a screened in porch where she discovered the body. Deputies reported “nothing suspicious” was found at the scene, reported the News-Journal.

Jan was married to Henry “Butch” Sochalski Jr. who served as a patrolman with the Trenton Police Department for 25 years before retiring in 2003. He was 64 when he was found dead in his hospital bed at Florida Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on May 19, 2016. He had suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest after undergoing elective back surgery and had been placed on “comfort care” six days before his death, reported The Trentonian last summer.

Investigators arrested Jan Sochalski on August 29, 2016 following the medical examiner’s ruling that Henry Sochalski’s death was a homicide. They believed Jan, who was a retired nurse with over 40 years of experience, suffocated her husband by removing the oxygen piece off his trachea and then pinching his nose and covering his mouth, reported The Trentonian. Jan Sochalski told police she did not suffocate Henry and denied having any involvement in his death.


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