Bail set for woman accused of shooting her husband along I-80

Published: Jun. 18, 2020 at 11:09 AM CDT
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UPDATE: 6-24-20

A judge raised bail Wednesday to $1 million for a resident physician who is charged with fatally shooting her husband in front of their two children while stopped along Interstate 80.

Kathleen Jourdan, 31, of Omaha, initially was held without bond on charges of second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in the death of her husband, 35-year-old Joshua Jourdan.

Judge Jeffrey Wightman said at a hearing Wednesday that she must surrender her passport and remain in Nebraska if she is able to post bond by paying 10%, or $100,000, of the amount.

Jourdan appears in Dawson County Court next on July 2 at 8:30 a.m.

Jourdan, a resident physician in the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program, has been placed on administrative leave. She graduated fr om St. George's University School of Medicine, which is in Grenada, in late 2018.

She was arrested June 17 along Interstate 80 near Cozad after the shooting. According to court records, investigators said the couple got into an argument while driving back from Scottsbluff, where the family was in the process of moving.

During the argument, Joshua pulled over and called a friend in Georgia to mediate. Kathleen said Joshua gave her a "look" during the call while raising his arm. Kathleen, who said she feared for herself and children, pulled a handgun out of the center console of the pickup and fired two shots into her husband's chest, court records say.



Nebraska State Patrol Investigators have arrested an Omaha woman following a shooting Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, State Troopers, Cozad Police Officers, Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Cozad Volunteer Fire and Rescue, responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting that had occurred inside a vehicle on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 223. When troopers arrived, they found a deceased male in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. The victim is identified as Joshua Jourdan, 35, of Omaha.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Joshua and his wife, Kathleen Jourdan, 31, of Omaha, were involved in an argument while traveling on I-80. Joshua had been driving the vehicle and pulled over during the argument, at which time Kathleen Jourdan produced a handgun and shot Joshua twice.

Kathleen called 911 to report the shooting and remained at the scene. The couple’s two children were in the backseat of the vehicle. The children were not injured.

Kathleen has been arrested for second-degree murder and lodged in Dawson County Jail. The children are in protective custody. The investigation remains ongoing.

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