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Fatal shot...Woman guilty of manslaughter

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A woman accused of shooting her husband could serve the next 10 years in prison.

Betty Jane Harder, 46, entered a guilty plea in the murder of her husband, Ross Andrew Harder, on Jan. 19, 2010.

According to assistant commonwealth attorney Mike Ferguson, Harder agreed to a plea to the charge of manslaughter, which carries a possible 10-year sentence.

Final sentencing is set for June 8.

Ferguson could not discuss the rationale behind the plea offer until the case is concluded. However, he said the victim’s family was in agreement with the plea.

Shepherdsville police were called to the couple’s home on South Shore Drive around 7:30 p.m. that day. The defendant made the call to Central Dispatch.

From information secured by The Pioneer News through an open records request, Shepherdsville police had made at least 15 emergency runs to the home over the past three years. The calls did include one for domestic reasons.

When police arrived, the victim was dead from a single gunshot to the head.

During the probable cause hearing, Det. Steve Clark said that Harder told him the shooting was an accident as they were having an argument in the kitchen. 

He later stated that she did admit pointing the .22 caliber handgun at the victim.

She remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center, where she has been since the night of the shooting.