PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Concerns about the coronavirus in jail weren’t enough to get a judge to allow bail for accused killer Nancy Brophy.
Bail was denied to Brophy after a 2-day hearing brought on by her defense attorney’s motions concerning the coronavirus.
The romance novelist is accused of killing her chef-husband, Daniel Brophy, at the Oregon Culinary Institute in 2018. The judge ruled there was a strong presumption she committed the murder and denied bail.
Her attorneys wanted her to be released from jail because of coronavirus concerns.
Brophy’s defense team filed the motion for release at the beginning of April. In it, her attorneys claimed nearly all new inmates are brought into the unit where she’s being held and are held there until its determined they don’t have the coronavirus.
The court documents also claimed she is not getting any protections near the new inmates and often stands within 6 feet of them.
Tuesday’s hearing featured testimony from some of the investigators, who laid out evidence they used to arrest her months after the killing.
On Monday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to deny bail to Nancy Crampton Brophy.
The request came as some jails and prisons released people in custody to prevent the spread of the virus.