COZAD, NE — New details are emerging in the case of a resident physician accused of killing her husband in front of their two kids while parked on the side of the interstate.
31-year-old Kathleen Jourdan of Omaha is charged with second-degree murder and a felony weapons charge stemming from an incident near Cozad on Wednesday.
Court documents say Jourdan told authorities she killed her husband, Joshua, during an argument. Kathleen told authorities that her family was moving to Scottsbluff and an argument broke out while returning to Omaha. She said Joshua called a friend to help mediate the argument. She said Joshua pulled the vehicle over during the phone call and gave her a “look” while raising his arm at her like he was going to hit her. Then, Kathleen said she pulled a gun out and shot Joshua twice in the chest.
Court documents say Kathleen told authorities she felt like she was protecting herself and her two sons. She said the friend was still on the phone when she pulled out the gun and Joshua told the friend, “she has a gun, she has a gun.”
Kathleen told authorities that Joshua had abused her physically, sexually and verbally in the past. Joshua did not have any criminal history in Nebraska.
Kathleen Jourdan is listed online as a first-year resident through the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Rural Training Track. The school’s website says she is assigned to Scottsbluff.
Jourdan is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Dawson County Court on July 2. She is being held in jail without bond. The children are in protective custody.