(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- James Robert "Bob" Ward, the millionaire Florida developer convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, said in a jailhouse interview that he didn't think the jury realized what really happened the night Diane Ward died.
Clad in a dark blue jail jumpsuit, Ward seemed to blame his defense for failing to convey an accurate picture of how the incident played out on the night of Sept. 21, 2009.
"She was on my side of the bed, right behind me, holding a gun," Ward told News 13's Jacqueline Fell on Wednesday from inside the Orange County Jail, where he is awaiting sentencing. "And that's what the evidence showed, that she was right behind me holding a gun. I turned around and it was a split second -- I'm talking about a blink of an eye -- that I had to grab a gun and stop I don't know what from happening."
"For some reason, the jury didn't understand that and our side didn't get that across," he said. "And I mentioned several times during the trial to my attorney ... I said, 'I don't think they understand where Diane was when this happened.' So what was she doing right behind me on my side of the bed?"
Asked if he thought his wife was trying to kill him, Ward replied, "I don't know what she was thinking. All I know is she had a gun and I had to get it out of her hand."
He later added, "All I know is it went off. I don't know how it went off."
Ward could face up to life in prison when his sentence is handed down on Nov. 8. He was convicted last month of shooting his 55-year-old wife to death.
He admitted shooting his wife, but during the trial his defense called the incident a tragic accident. The defense said Diane Ward had a strong mix of alcohol and antidepressants in her system, and that she could have been suicidal. His attorney said Ward was just trying to save his wife when she was killed.
But prosecutors argued that Ward, 63, murdered his wife in a fit of rage inside the couple's Isleworth, Fla., mansion. She was killed just days from a scheduled deposition on a series of issues related to her husband's bankrupt company.
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