Kathleen Jourdan Found Not Guilty of Murder – What We Know!

Kathleen Jourdan testifying during her murder trial. (via KETV)

Kathleen Jourdan testifying throughout her homicide trial. (through KETV)

A Nebraska physician who shot her husband to dying in entrance of their two youngsters on a transcontinental freeway is not going to serve any time in jail after jurors discovered that she acted in self-defense.

A Dawson County jury discovered 33-year-old Kathleen Jourdan not responsible on one rely of second-degree homicide and one rely of utilizing a lethal weapon to commit a felony within the dying of 35-year-old Joshua Jourdan, the Lexington Clipper-Herald reported.

Based on the report, a jury composed of 10 girls and two males on Friday returned the not responsible verdict in opposition to the doctor after deliberating for slightly below 5 hours.

The taking pictures happened when Kathleen, her husband, and their two younger sons on June 17, 2020 have been driving on Interstate 80 on their solution to Scottsbluff, the place the household was transferring so Kathleen might proceed her medical residency. Kathleen and Joshua have been reportedly arguing when Joshua pulled the automobile to the facet of the freeway and referred to as a pal to assist mediate the dialog. Through the name, Joshua reportedly turned in direction of Kathleen along with his arms raised “like he was going to strike her,” and gave her “a glance” she claimed to acknowledge from earlier cases of bodily abuse.

Kathleen then grabbed a handgun from the middle console of the pickup truck and fired two deadly photographs into Joshua’s chest.

Dawson County Legal professional Liz Waterman informed the jury to think about the phrases “concern” and “rage” when assessing whether or not Kathleen shot her husband in self-defense, Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT reported. She argued that the proof pointed to Kathleen appearing out of rage, not concern, when she killed Joshua, noting that she informed a responding officer that she “simply needed out” of the connection.

“The defendant has a shaky relationship with the reality,” Waterman reportedly mentioned throughout closing arguments, including that Kathleen’s credibility was “on the middle” of the case.

Testifying in her personal protection earlier within the week, Kathleen reportedly offered an in depth accounting of the alleged abuse she suffered by the hands of her husband of 9 years.

Per the Clipper-Herald,  Kathleen particularly emphasised an August 2015 incident in Grenada throughout which Joshua allegedly held her down on the ground and poured alcohol down her throat. He then allegedly urinated on Kathleen earlier than dumping child powder on her face and and strangling her as punishment as a result of she refused his order to get undressed. She mentioned his demeanor earlier than the taking pictures was the identical as when he’d beforehand harmed her.

“As he was pulling over he turned at me, gave me that look that I had seen in Grenada, raised his arm, got here at me and that’s after I grabbed the gun and pulled it twice,” Kathleen mentioned in court docket, Omaha ABC affiliate KETV reported.

Kathleen additional testified that the abuse was endemic by means of the length of their marriage. She reportedly mentioned that Joshua compelled her to chop off communication along with her household and associates, demanded the passwords to all of her digital units, used GPS to trace her actions, and demanded that she gratify him sexually as a type of punishment.

Previous to transferring, Joshua reportedly threatened to remain in Washington state with their two youngsters until Kathleen signed a contract promising to offer him 30-percent of her revenue whereas she was in medical college and 50-percent of her revenue thereafter. Different contractual necessities included permitting Joshua to have “limitless sexual activity entry along with her,” the Clipper-Herald reported. Joshua required Kathleen to signal the contract and have it notarized, which she did, reportedly telling jurors it was as a result of “I needed to see my youngsters.”

Kathleen reportedly mentioned it was concern of shedding her youngsters that additionally saved her from reporting the earlier cases of alleged abuse.

Kathleen’s protection legal professional, Brian Davis, reportedly referred to his shopper as a “battered girl” who was solely attempting to do what was greatest for her and her youngsters.

[image via KETV screengrab]

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