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Suspect in Publix shooting near death, husband tells judge

LARGO —- The husband of a woman wounded after police say she fatally shot a Publix co-worker asked a judge Wednesday for permission to see her at a hospital because "the doctors told me she could pass away at any moment.''

But Judge Karl Grube said he could not order that because the Pinellas County sheriff controls access to suspects in custody.

Arunya Rouch was scheduled to have her first court appearance on a first-degree murder charge by telephone Wednesday from her bed in Bayfront Medical Center's intensive care unit.

But Rouch was unconscious after having minor surgery earlier in the day. So Grube postponed the hearing until Thursday.

Rouch's husband, Thomas, declined to comment after the hearing, except to say: "I love her very much.''

Rouch is accused of fatally shooting Gregory Janowski about noon Tuesday, shortly after she was fired from her job in the seafood department of the Tarpon Mall Publix in Tarpon Springs. Police say Rouch planned to shoot other Publix workers but was wounded in a gun battle with police inside the store.

Rouch's condition could not be independently verified.

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