A SENSATIONAL Florida murder trial has come to an end with the conviction of millionaire Bob Ward in the murder of his wife Diane Ward. Diane was found shot to death in their master bedroom with "a large pool of blood at the top of her head" and a .357 Magnum on the nightstand. She had been shot between the eyes. The couple were alone in the house in Orlanda at the time, along with their four dogs. The trial went for just a week and the jury deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict. When he entered the courtroom, Ward went to a back row and sat
between his two visibly distraught daughters, one of whom had testified that she detected "no animosity between her parents." He put one arm around both in order to comfort them for several minutes, before heading to his regular seat for the jury's verdict.
When the verdict was read, Ward, 63, showed little evident emotion, though his daughters continued to cry. Prosecutor Robin Wilkinson said: "It says that out of anger, out of frustration, Mr. Ward pulled a gun and shot his wife in the face."
Defense attorney Kirk Kirkconnell said his client "knows that we have good grounds to appeal (and) I think that he remains optimistic." MORE ON WARD TRIAL FROM CNN