A prominent southeast developer charged with second-degree murder in his wife's shooting death in Florida pleaded not guilty.

J. Robert Ward entered the plea Thursday during a bond hearing. His attorney is asking that the 61-year-old developer be released on bail since he doesn't have a prior criminal record.

Ward is a self-made millionaire who in recent years had suffered crushing financial troubles. The shooting took place in the couple's multimillion-dollar home in Isleworth, one of Orlando's most prosperous neighborhoods.

The home was once owned by pro golfer Arnold Palmer. The neighborhood is home to several sports stars.