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Lawyer responds to lawsuit against hospital nursing officer accused of murder

UPDATE (11/5/18) – Twin Cities Community Hospital issued the following statement to KSBY News on Monday, Nov. 5, confirming that Gamba is no longer employed at the hospital:

“This matter is not related to the hospital and we do not comment on personal matters related to employees. Mr. Gamba is no longer employed at the hospital.”


 

(11/2/18) – A Florida woman is accusing her son-in-law of drowning his wife all to collect a $1 million life insurance policy.

The son-in-law, William Gamba, has since relocated to Templeton. In August, he was hired on as the Chief Nursing Officer at Twin Cities Community Hospital.

He was the last person to see his wife, Blaise, alive during a snorkeling and diving excursion in the Gulf Coast on Nov. 12, 2016.

What happened in the water, only Gamba knows.

“He was shocked and stunned by having the lawsuit filed,” said Gamba’s attorney Lucas Fleming. “He has always contended that this is just a very tragic accident and he resents the fact that his former mother-in-law is taking it to this extreme.”

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Blaise’s mother says it was premeditated murder and that Gamba “intentionally pulled her under water from below and held her head underwater until she became unresponsive and it appeared that she had drowned.”

His lawyer disagrees.

“There’s no information out there nor anything objectively establishing the fact that he held his wife underwater. To the contrary, there’s no evidence of showing any evidence of a struggle which typically happens in that situation,” Fleming explained.

The civil suit claims Gamba was having multiple affairs and wanted to collect Blaise’s $1 million life insurance policy.

Gamba also collected money from the sales of her car, jewelry and their $1.5 million home.

On the day of Blaise’s death, Gamba was asked by law enforcement to unlock his and Blaise’s iPhone and iPad but he refused.

“Because there was some HIPAA-related documents on it he couldn’t give to them but he’s been very open about this,” Fleming said.

As first responders were attempting to revive Blaise on Nov. 12, 2016, Gamba had his own medical emergency, a seizure.

The lawsuit claims it was fake and intended to deflect any suspicion he was involved in Blaise’s death and make him unavailable for questioning by investigators.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” Fleming concluded.

Blaise’s death was ruled a drowning. Gamba has not been charged.

The FBI is involved in investigating the case. It’s active and ongoing according to the lawsuit.

Twin Cities Community Hospital says Gamba is not currently working at the hospital but did not specify why.

Previous coverage:
Lawsuit accuses Chief Nursing Officer at Twin Cities of killing wife

Alexa Bertola

Alexa Bertola

Alexa Bertola has been a Multimedia Journalist at KSBY for more than two years. She's a general assignment reporter. Story idea? Email her: abertola@ksby.com
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