Prosecuters rest murder case against Bob Ward

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their murder case against central Florida developer Bob Ward, who is accused of fatally shooting his wife.

One of Tuesday’s witnesses was Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia. She told jurors that she believes Diane Ward’s death was a homicide, not a suicide, as the defense has suggested.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Garavaglia said it’s very unusual to have a gunshot suicide and no-contact wound from the weapon. Based on testing, she thinks Diane Ward was shot from an 18-inch distance.

Ward is accused of fatally shooting his wife in September 2009, days before she was to give a deposition in a lawsuit alleging that he blew millions of dollars on big houses and expensive cars while his business failed.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press