Millionaire Bob Ward has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife.
The jury announced it has reached a verdict at 10:45 Saturday morning and it was read at 11:30 a.m. Deliberations began Friday morning and lasted until 10 p.m., before resuming Saturday.
Jurors spent more than 14 hours deliberating before returning their verdict.
Diane Ward was shot and killed in the couple?s Isleworth mansion in September 2009. Ward?s defense contended she was drunk and trying to kill herself when she was accidentally shot while the pair struggled over a gun.
The state argued that Bob Ward intentionally shot his wife, motivated by financial woes. Diane Ward died days before she was set to testify about her husband?s alleged misuse of company funds at a bankruptcy hearing.
The trial began Sept. 15 after several days of jury selection at the Orange County Courthouse.
The jury came out several times on Friday to ask questions. They first asked to see the gun presented as the murder weapon. They were allowed to take it back into the jury room, but when they later requested a yard stick, they were denied. The jury also asked that testimony from expert DNA witnesses be read back to them.
Before the verdict was read Saturday morning, Bob Ward sat in the courtroom comforting his two crying adult daughters. They sobbed as their father left the courtroom after the verdict was read.
The jury also could have found Bob Ward guilty of the lesser included offense of manslaughter.
Bob Ward will be in jail until his sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.