Tribune-Courier News Reporter
A Marshall County grand jury indicted Rhonda Seaford, 47, Calvert City, last week of murder – domestic violence in connection to the fatal shooting of her husband, Jay Seaford, on Nov 3.
Appearing distraught in court alongside her attorney on Friday, Seaford did not ask for bond. Public defender Jamie Jamison told Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust his client wished to remain incarcerated.
“She isn’t ready to face anyone yet and she believes she will end up getting time,” Jamison said. “She doesn’t want to get out and restart her life with her son if she’s going to have to leave him again.”
A jury will now likely decide whether Seaford shot her husband accidentally or intentionally.
Marshall County Detective Dan Melone took the stand Wednesday to recount the events following the initial 911 call to report the shooting.
Melone said he questioned Seaford, her son, and other relatives following the shooting, but was unable to determine whether the couple was as happy behind closed doors as they appeared.
Melone testified that Rhonda and her 13-year-old son, who was in the home during the shooting, agreed that Jay Seaford was a good man and a good father, but both mentioned previous incidents of emotional abuse, neglect and belittlement.
Melone said the 13-year-old witnessed his stepfather shoot twice into the floor.
After leaving the room, the teen said he heard another shot fired.
Melone told the court it was the teen who called police. After dialing 911 he then handed the phone to his mother who then told officers she had accidentally shot her husband.
The shot hit Jay Seaford in the back nicking his aorta, causing massive internal bleeding according to Melone.
Jay Seaford’s blood-alcohol level at the time of his death was .217, an ounce over the legal limit. Rhonda Seaford’s, which was administered two hours after the incident, indicated a level of .104.
She had told investigators she had consumed several beers and a shot of whiskey in the hours leading up to the shooting.
Seaford told investigators her husband had told her to “go ahead and shoot” because the gun was loaded with blanks shortly before the incident.
“I don’t think, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that anyone thinks this was intentional,” Jamison said. “There’s no cold-blooded murder here. It was a terrible accident.”