Resident charged with second-degree murder

Residency Program Insider, June 24, 2020

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Citing self-defense, a family medicine resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha allegedly shot her husband twice in the chest. Kathleen E. Jourdan is being held without bail on a second-degree murder charge.

Jourdan was going into her second year of the rural training track residency program through Regional West Medical Center. According to a UNMC spokesperson, Jourdan is on administrative leave from her program, pending internal and criminal investigations.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call on June 17 placed by Jourdan from the side of Interstate 80. Upon arrival, they found Jourdan’s husband dead in the front seat of their truck with two gunshot wounds in his chest. The couple's two children were sitting in the back seat.

On that day, Jourdan said the couple got into an argument while driving home and he pulled the truck over to the side of the road and raised his arm at her. According to the arrest affidavit, Jourdan then allegedly pulled a handgun out from the truck’s center console, aimed it at her husband, and fired twice.

Jourdan told investigators that she was protecting herself and her children and that her husband had a history of being verbally and physically abusive and forced her to write prescriptions for controlled medications despite no diagnoses.

Jourdan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 2.

Source: Lexington Clipper-Herald


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