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Date: 01-02-2013

Two Kentucky women convicted of killing their husbands to be featured on 'Snapped'

Tonya Ford Tonya Ford Tonya Ford's story will be broadcast for millions of television viewers on Jan. 20, on an episode of "Snapped," a crime documentary television show that airs on the Oxygen network.

 Ford, 39, was accused of shooting and killing her husband, Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November 2010.

Ford's trial began Aug. 20 in Taylor Circuit Court.

After hearing opening and closing statements and from several witnesses, jurors spent 12 hours deliberating Ford's guilt. After deliberating for about five minutes, jurors recommended that she spend 20 years in prison for her crime, which she is now serving.

Ford has maintained her innocence and an appeal is pending in her case at the Kentucky Supreme Court. Since murder is a violent crime, Ford will serve 85 percent of her prison sentence, about 17 years, before being eligible for parole.

The episode about Ford will feature interviews with prosecutors, investigators, police officers, friends and family members. Ford was not interviewed.

According to show producers, the episode is now slated to begin during the show's next season.

Sharon Martin, supervising producer of "Snapped" and narrator of the show, said the network considered the show's schedule through the Christmas holiday and executives opted to hold the episode until the start of the show's 10th season.

Martin said executives say the Jan. 20 date is firm. The show will begin at 9 p.m. She said the Ford case was chosen for "Snapped" because of the nature of the allegations.

"We saw it as a case that would interest our viewers," Martin said. "She was a scorned wife accused of killing her husband who had left her for another woman. The investigation into her alibi and the long journey to bring her to trial made it a strong episode."

Each episode of "Snapped" profiles the case of a woman who has been accused of a violent crime.


Snapped is a documentary show detailing the cases of women accused of murder.

The show explores the woman's life, the crime she's accused of and the aftermath.

With interviews from the key players in each case, each episode asks the questions did she do it? And if so, why? For viewers, it's a glimpse into what drives an ordinary woman to commit a crime," Martin said.

Officer Ford, 40, was found shot to death in the head at his Graham Road home in Campbellsville. Tonya Ford called the Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center and said she had arrived at the home and found that her husband had been shot.


By Calen McKinney, Central Kentucky News-Journal
 For The Lebanon Enterprise



Kathleen Wise's story to also appear on show...

Tonya Ford won't be the only Campbellsville woman featured on "Snapped."
Kathleen Wise, who admitted to killing her husband, will be featured in an episode next summer.

Wise, 61, formerly of 4203 Bengal Road in Campbellsville, is serving life in prison after a jury found her guilty during a one-day trial in July. Jurors unanimously agreed that Wise killed her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise, with a morphine overdose.

Though she received a life sentence, Wise will be eligible to appear before a parole board after serving 20 years of her sentence. She will be 81.

Donna Dudek, a supervision producer for "Snapped," said the case was chosen for an episode of "Snapped" because Wise is a seemingly ordinary woman who was accused of committing a violent crime.

"We believe our viewers - the majority of whom are women - watch our show because they want to understand how seemingly ordinary people can end up accused of extraordinary crimes.

"With that in mind, we choose the cases of women like Kathleen Wise, who was not a career criminal, but could represent any one of our viewers, or their mothers, sisters, friends or neighbors. Our goal is to try to understand both what problems may have led her to that 'Snapped' moment, and why she chose such a horrific way to solve them."

Filming for Wise's episode will begin next month. Dudek said a field producer will travel to Campbellsville and interview people who were involved in the case, from prosecutors to family members to witnesses and friends, to give insight into the Wises' lives and relationship.

"While in the field, the producer will also scan photographs, collect court and police documents and shoot video of the locations involved in the case," Dudek said. "Right now, we have a field producer tentatively scheduled to be in the Campbellsville area starting the week of January 21."

Though no specific date has been set, Dudek said Wise's episode is tentatively planned to air in June.

Wise was indicted in July 2011 by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with the first-degree murder of her husband. She pleaded not guilty to the crime. The prosecution did not seek the death penalty.

According to witness testimony, Wise admitted that she put liquid morphine into her husband's drinking water on June 7, 2011. He died the following day. Wise had denied killing her husband, however, throughout her trial.

Wise is a former registered nurse at Medco Nursing Home, now named Campbellsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.



0 #1 ML B 2014-08-24 23:25
When you have a husband who had a heart attack, which brings on depression (PTSD) and if he is not treated for the depression, I'm quite sure the verbal abuse took place. I'm also sure that there were no public signs of this abuse as it's too embarrassing to share this. Separate bedrooms has many reasons for sleeping apart, in her case seems like it was easier to do that then deal with the verbal abuse. Staying away by not coming home too early by going somewhere and reading a book. Anything to stay clear of the verbal abuse.
If you have not lived with someone who WILL NOT seek mental health help. And everything you do is negative and verbal abuse, you should NOT be on this jury.
I think that Kathleen Wise had a bad group of jurors who took very little time in her case was a bad jury. I saw SNAPPED which is all I know of this case. I believe that she did NOT mean to kill her husband and that 20 years is far too long for her to have an appeal.
The government could find no motive because she had none, SHE DIDNT PLAN TO KILL HER HUsband. No matter how much abuse she has to endure from him. BTW, you can't get insurance on a person without expensive premiums. As a nurse you would also think that the depression of husband, meanness, also her being the closets to him, that doctors treatment would have taken place on him.
I won't know the outcome here, but I do believe that Kathleen Wise should have a jury of those who have lived or living in a similar situation. It's sad that Kenneth Wise died, but I do not believe that it was done ON PURPOSE. Was Kathleen Wise on anti-depressant ? If not she should have been. Only way to be able to cope with a verbal situation. She didn't divorce because she didn't really want that. It was a love, hate situation. You have to live it to know it.

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