An elderly Oceanside woman has died just weeks after her caregiver was accused of critically injuring her best friend, a friend of the family told NBC 7 San Diego.
Marian Kubic, 92, of Oceanside died Friday.
Surveillance video captured the April 16 confrontation between Kubic's best friend, 93-year-old Margaret Wood and her caregiver of two years, 66-year-old William Sutton.
Wood suffered a broken nose and cracked skull after allegedly being beaten and thrown down three porch steps outside Kubic’s home.
Kubic was not physically injured in the incident but began to deteriorate since the attack, Wood's granddaughter said.
The two friends were placed in the same hospice care facility.
The day before she died Kubic testified through a live video stream from the hospice center where she and Wood were roommates for Sutton's preliminary hearing.
"She did it for Marge. She did it because she wanted to right a horrible wrong as best as she was capable of doing," daughter Reggie Brown said.
Kubic died the next day. Brown said she believes the act took the last of her energy.
"She rallied everything she had for Thursday's hearing," she said.
William Sutton pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder and willful cruelty to an elderly adult. He is not charged in Kubic's death.
If convicted on all counts, Sutton could face up to 14 years in prison.