• Orange County millionaire could get out on bond while awaiting new trial in wife's shooting death

    By: Shannon Butler

    Updated:

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - In February, a Florida appeals court overturned a second-degree murder conviction against lseworth millionaire Bob Ward, who was convicted in 2011 in the shooting death of his wife.

    Ward has been in prison for six years, but could soon walk free on bond while he awaits the second trial in the 2009 death of Diane Ward.

    Bob Ward told investigators that he and his wife were arguing in their home when a gun went off, hitting Diane Ward in the face and killing her.


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    “I just shot my wife, I just shot my wife,” Bob Ward said in a recorded 911 call. “I just shot my wife. She’s dead. She’s done. I’m sorry.”

    Ward later told investigators that his wife pulled the trigger while he was trying to wrestle the gun away from her.

    As part of the appeals court’s decision to overturn Ward’s conviction, it found that his defense at the time made mistakes like not objecting to some of the statements dealing with his right to remain silent.

    Ward’s attorneys are asking he be released on a $100,000 bond, arguing he is not a flight risk and will agree to wear a GPS monitor.

    If released, Ward would live with one of his daughters in Atlanta.

    A bond hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday.

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