WEWOKA — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of shooting his wife to death in January 2009.
A judge Tuesday determined there was sufficient evidence to hold Sasakwa-native Stoney Gene Ward, 30, for trial on a first-degree murder charge.
Ward is accused of killing his estranged wife, Regina Sue Ward, 42, during an argument in the driveway of her father's Seminole home. Regina Ward had separated from her husband, and was planning to divorce him, authorities said.
Regina Ward had been a drug and alcohol counselor with the Seminole Nation. She married Ward in 2006.
Ward's preliminary hearing was Tuesday in Seminole County District Court in Wewoka.
Matthew Wood testified he found his daughter lying in a puddle of her own blood and saw Ward drive away.
“In her final breaths, she told her father, ‘Daddy, he shot me,'” Assistant District Attorney Paul Smith said.
Regina Ward's daughters testified to seeing Stoney Ward earlier that day with the .22-caliber rifle abandoned near their mother's body.
Ward was apprehended after a chase spanning more than 50 miles through three counties.
Smith said Ward was trying to kill himself during the pursuit. He stabbed himself several times in the stomach with a knife and deliberately ran his vehicle into a concrete highway barrier, he said. He was taken by helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital for his injuries.