CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A woman has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband while he was in intensive care at a hospital.
Fifty-four-year-old Rhonda Kay Stewart was convicted Friday in the June death of 56-year-old Sammy Stewart.
He was being treated for pancreatitis at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital. The wife said she intended to kill herself in front of her husband, but accidentally shot him when he reached out to her.
Defense lawyer John Mitchell Jr. says she was despondent over the couple's split.
A hospital worker testified the husband didn't reach up when the gun was pointed at him.
The jury recommended mercy, meaning Stewart would be eligible for parole after 15 years in prison.