GUILTY Fl - Diane Ward, 55, Murdered In Her Orlando Home, 21 Sept 2009

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Former Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward wants to block certain testimony at murder trial

Lawyers for former Isleworth millionaire James “Bob” Ward want accusations he committed fraud during his company’s bankruptcy and testimony about his demeanor after his wife’s shooting death to be excluded from his second trial.

Orange County Circuit Court Judge Leticia Marques didn’t rule on those issues on Tuesday, when attorneys were in court to debate what should and shouldn’t be allowed as evidence against Ward, who is accused of killing his wife, Diane Ward, in 2009.
Isleworth millionaire's home was a 'boiler room' before wife's killing, prosecutor says

With the financial crisis in full swing and the liquidation of their real estate business looming, Bob and Diane Ward’s Isleworth home in 2009 had turned into a high-pressure “boiler room,” Assistant State Attorney Will Jay told an Orange County jury Wednesday.

“There was this argument,” Jay said. “Over what? Who knows.”

Exactly what happened between Bob and Diane Ward on Sept. 21, 2009, remains unclear. But Bob Ward called authorities that evening and repeatedly said, “I just shot my wife.”

“She’s dead,” he said in the call. “She’s done. I’m sorry.”

Toxicology expert testifies in Isleworth millionaire murder retrial

On Friday, toxicology expert Dr. Bruce Goldberger spoke about the level of alcohol and prescription drugs found in Diane Ward's body.

The state previously said the mixture of anti-depressants and alcohol would have had a drowsiness effect, but the defense argued that the drug citalopram could have effects of aggression and hallucination in higher doses.

Testimony continues in Orange County millionaire's retrial in wife's shooting death
Bob Ward's daughter testifies about mother's alcohol, medication use

She also spoke about her mother’s drinking and medication use. Diane Ward had medications for anxiety, a thyroid disorder, and other medical issues, and would sometimes forget her pills, she said. At horse shows they attended together, Diane Ward sometimes asked her daughter to pass the “happy pills” — anxiety medication — in her purse, she said.

“I was 19 at the time, I thought my parents knew what was best,” Sarah Ward said. “I knew it was typical of her to have at least a bottle of wine [every night.]”

Jury deliberating in former Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward's second murder trial

Jurors deliberated for two hours Wednesday afternoon before Circuit Judge Leticia Marques released them for the night. They are scheduled to return to the courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

In his closing arguments, Assistant State Attorney Will Jay removed the blood-stained green plaid shorts and brown boat shoes Ward wore the night of the shooting from their brown evidence bags. Jurors in the back row of the box stood up to get a better look as he positioned them next to the couple’s white bedsheets and, gripping the small handgun, demonstrated how Diane Ward’s blood could have gotten on Ward’s leg, but not his arms or torso.
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Guilty of Manslaughter with a Firearm; sentencing next week for Bod Ward; bond revoked

Defense attorneys for former Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward say they have found "shocking new evidence" and had planned to present it during Ward's sentencing hearing Monday.

But the hearing in front of Judge Letitia Marques at the Orange County Courthouse in downtown Orlando was canceled Monday afternoon. No date for a rehearing was announced.

Defense cites possible suicide note ahead of Bob Ward resentencing

The note reads: “Dear Mallory & Sarah, Please know how much I love you – I don’t know how it happened for me to end up like this. I want you to have wonderful lives + know that I will always be watching out for you both. Take care of Daddy. I love you more than you will ever know. Take care of the dogs. They will need you.”

“This note underscores the principal theme and explanation of events presented by the defense at trial – namely, that near the time of her death Diane Ward was unstable, in a highly volatile mental and emotional state, and thinking and acting in an erratic and life-threatening manner,” defense attorney Sean Ellsworth wrote in a memo to Circuit Judge Leticia Marques, asking for a shorter sentence.
Where has this suicide note been for over 8 years?

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Former Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward sentenced to 30 years in prison

Before a judge sentenced former Isleworth millionaire James “Bob” Ward to 30 years in prison for manslaughter in his wife’s killing, their daughter Sarah Ward stepped up to a courtroom podium and asked the judge to set her father free.

Diane Ward would not have wanted her husband to remain behind bars, Sarah Ward said.

“I promise you that the life we have now is not what she wanted when she asked us to take care of our dad,” she said. “… My dad has paid a debt that he does not owe, six years in prison.”
Here's the story done by Crime Watch Daily. It was done earlier this month and prior to Bob's sentencing.

Daughters hope deceased mom's found note frees Florida father

"We were cleaning out the house," Sarah tells Crime Watch Daily. "It had been sold and an estate saleswoman was going through my parents' bedroom, and in the closet in a folded notepad holder in a back pocket stuffed in there was the note."

Sarah believes her mother probably wrote the letter when she was at the Atlanta house just weeks before she died. Diane's daughters read the words their mother wrote to them in her last testament:

"Dear Mallory and Sarah, please know how much I love you. I don't know how it happened for me to end up like this. I want you to have wonderful lives and know that I will always watch out for you both. Take care of Daddy. I love you more than you will ever know. Take care of the dogs. They will need you."

Despite the tragedy of Diane's death, the sisters would come to see the letter as a blessing, because it supports their belief that Diane was about to kill herself when their father tried to wrestle his gun from her that fateful night, and that he was only trying to save her life.

Sarah says the letter also makes her suspect that her mother actually did commit suicide, and that her father kept it a secret, willing to take the blame for Diane's death for the sake of her dignity. Mallory just wishes her mother's lost last letter had been found before Bob went on trial. But she and Sarah are hoping the letter can still free their father from prison.


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