|Published:||Jul 21, 2011 11:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 21, 2011 10:21 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla-- Two years after her husband's death, Joyce Christie says she still hasn't moved on with her life. She says she won't until she gets justice for her husband Nicholas.
"As a family we have no closure. This is something I have to relive every day and think what could I do different," said Joyce Christie.
Joyce Christie's husband Nicholas had a heart condition, depression, and had been acting very strange in the days before suddenly left their Ohio home for Florida.
"He had his bags packed said he was going to visit his brother and was out the door before I could say a thing," said Joyce.
After 39 years of marriage, she says knew something was wrong so she called her local police department. A Girard, Ohio police officer called the Lee County Sheriff's Office for help. Joyce also several calls to Lee County deputies.
"I called the Lee County Sheriff's Department and knew what hotel he was at and to take him to the hospital," recalls Joyce.
Deputies found Nicholas but they took him to jail.
Nicholas Christie was released and went back to his hotel where he caused a disturbance. He was arrested a second time.
Surveillance video obtained from the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows Nicholas Christie being booked into jail on March 27th, 2009.
He is in the intake area of the jail then walks to another area of the jail.
Off camera over the next 48 hours, Nicholas Christie is pepper sprayed ten times.
Surveillance video shows him in a restraint chair waiting for an ambulance. The video then freezes until Christie is wheeled out the jail by paramedics.
Joyce flew to Florida as soon as she found out her husband was arrested.
"I was there and I received a phone call, 'This is a nurse I have your husband at the hospital," said Joyce.
Nicholas Christie died four days after he was booked into jail on March 31st, 2009.
The medical examiner stated stress from the pepper spray incidents caused him to go into cardiac arrest. His death certificate also lists the cause of death as homicide.
"I couldn't believe what happened," said Joyce, "The people I trusted to keep care. This was something out of a horror movie."
The State Attorney's Office cleared the Sheriff's Office of any wrong doing. Joyce says she's now hoping her civil case (filed in Federal court) will bring some closure. That case isn't scheduled for trial until September 2012.
"I want happiness. I need to put closure to this nightmare and I am not going to be able to do that until I find justice for nick. If anyone deserves justice, he does," said Joyce.
When the State Attorney's Office cleared he Lee County Sheriff's Office, State Attorney Stephen Russell said his office could find no evidence any of the jail personnel had intent to kill Mr. Christie. That is the evidence they would need to file any criminal charges.
Sheriff Mike Scott has repeatedly declined our requests for an interview on Nicholas Christie's death because of the ongoing legal battle over his death.
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