- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A romance mystery novelist charged with killing her chef husband is asking a judge to let her leave jail and spend the rest of the coronavirus outbreak at an undisclosed guest house in the Portland area, court records show.

Lawyers for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 69, claim their client’s age and diabetic history require her immediate transfer from the Multnomah County Detention Center to what they described as “alternate confinement,” The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

The attorneys, Lisa Maxfield and Kristen Winemiller, also filed a habeas corpus petition against Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, alleging the conditions in the jails he oversees create a medically dangerous environment and threaten the defendant’s life.

Crampton Brophy has been behind bars since September 2018 after police say she shot Daniel Brophy, her husband of 27 years, at the Oregon Culinary Institute that June.

The case became international news after The Oregonian/OregonLive revealed Crampton Brophy once wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.”

Crampton Brophy is among a growing number of inmates in Oregon and around the U.S. seeking release from local, state and federal custody amid the coronavirus epidemic, which public health experts say can spread more aggressively within jails than the community at large.

Multnomah County’s two jails have yet to report a known COVID-19 case.

Multnomah County prosecutors have rejected the release proposal outright, records show, and have argued that the court should hold a release hearing to determine whether Crampton Brophy is eligible for bail. Crampton Brophy has previously waived her right to have one.

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