Romance writer accused of murder seeks release due to virus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Court records show a romance novelist charged with killing her chef husband is asking a judge to leave jail and spend the rest of the coronavirus outbreak at an undisclosed guest house in the Portland area. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports lawyers for 69-year-old Nancy Crampton Brophy 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.” 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.