Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward found guilty of manslaughter in wife's death

Ward accused of murder in death of wife, Diane

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

Bob Ward.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The jury in the retrial of Bob Ward, the Isleworth millionaire accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife Thursday found him guilty of manslaughter. 

Closing arguments were presented Wednesday after Ward's defense rested its case earlier in the day. 

Diane Ward died of a single gunshot wound to the head in the 2009 shooting inside their mansion. Bob Ward repeatedly said he shot his wife during a 911 call.

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

He later said that the gun may have gone off while he was trying to take it from her.

In 2011, Ward was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

An appeals court reversed the conviction last year, saying Ward's attorney did not properly object to evidence regarding his right to remain silent.

Ward served six years before the conviction was overturned.

"I wonder every day how a man can be in jail not only for something he did not do, but for something he was never once blamed for by people directly affected by my mom's death," Ward's daughter previously said in court.

Ward was released from jail last year after posting a $1 million bond, officials said.

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