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Omaha woman accused of killing her husband has pre-trial hearing continued to January

Omaha woman accused of killing her husband has pre-trial hearing continued to January

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LEXINGTON — A resident physician from Omaha accused of killing her husband in June has had her pre-trial hearing continued to January 2021.

Kathleen Jourdan, 31, of Omaha, is charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. She has claimed she acted in self-defense.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges in June.

Jourdan’s bail was continued and she remains free.

A pre-trial conference had been set for Friday, Nov. 13, through her lawyers she filed for continuance. The state did not object, according to the motion.

Dawson County District Court Judge James Doyle approved the motion and the pre-trial was continued to Jan. 22, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., with a jury trial set for Feb. 9, 2021 at 9 a.m.

On June 17, Jourdan, her husband, Joshua, and their two children were moving to Scottsbluff to continue her medical residency.

While driving on Interstate 80 near Cozad, Jourdan and her husband began arguing. Joshua pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road, gave her “a look” and raised his arm “like he was going to strike her,” Kathleen Jourdan told law enforcement, according to an affidavit.

She then allegedly grabbed a handgun from the center console of the vehicle and shot Joshua twice in the chest, according to an affidavit.

During later interviews, Jourdan allowed Nebraska State Patrol investigators to look through her cellphone and told them they might find a “concerning conversation” with one of her friends. According to the affidavit, Jourdan and her friend had discussed “how to get away with the perfect murder.”

Jourdan later revoked her consent for law enforcement to search her cellphone.

She also alleged a “history of being forced by Joshua Jourdan to provide prescriptions for controlled medications with no diagnosis by any medical professional.”

When the vehicle was searched, investigators found 11 prescription bottles with Joshua Jourdan’s name on them.

“These bottles indicated Joshua Jourdan as the patient and Kathleen Jourdan as the physician who wrote the prescription,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

Jourdan also told investigators of alleged domestic violence involving her husband, “to include but not limited to sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse.”

Investigators have requested Kathleen Jourdan’s Facebook account information and messages since January 2016, according to a search warrant affidavit.

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