US woman charged with killing NRI husband
A court in Ohio has denied bail to a woman charged with murdering her wealthy Indian husband with the help of her ex-boyfriend.india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 12:32 IST
A US court in Ohio has denied bail to a woman charged with murdering her wealthy Indian husband with the help of her former boyfriend.
Gulam Moonda, a successful NRI urologist in Pennsylvania, was shot dead in May last year while getting down from his car near the Ohio turnpike.
His wife Donna claimed a gunman from another vehicle shot and robbed her husband before escaping.
In his ruling on Wednesday, Akron district judge David Dowd said 47-year-old Donna Moonda was a "flight risk".
"The detailed planning of the homicide strongly suggests that she remains capable of being a danger to any person or the community if released," he said.
Some bizarre details of the killing have surfaced in the last several weeks from the time prosecutors turned in indictments in the case.
Prosecutors said the plot to kill Gulam and gain control of his $6 million estate was hatched in 2004.
According to the Ohio Patrol Investigator, Donna agreed to give half her inheritance to ex-lover Damian Bradford if he would kill her husband.
She allegedly planned the murder to make it look like a highway robbery near the Ohio turnpike south of Cleveland with herself and her mother Dorothy Sprouse as witnesses in the car.
At the time of the initial hearing, prosecutors told the court there was evidence Donna and Bradford were in touch through cell phones and text messages on the day of the killing.
Bradford, 25, later pleaded guilty to the shooting and agreed to testify for a reduced sentence.