Former Pontiac police officer Bradford King: Murdered wife Diane Newton King
On February 09, 1991, TV News anchorwoman Diane Newton King was murdered by her husband: former Pontiac police officer Bradford King.
Former cop killed wife, jury findsThe Blade
Tuesday, December 15, 1992
Battle Creek, Mich. [AP] - A jury has convicted a former police officer and criminal justice instructor of shooting to death his TV news anchor-wife in the driveway of their home.
Bradford King, 45, was found guilty yesterday of first-degree murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Prosecutors said King and his wife, Diane Newton King, were having marital problems and that he was angry because she wanted to quit her job as morning news anchor at WUHQ-TV in Battle Creek to stay home with their two children.
King, who maintained that he was not guilty, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced Jan. 6.
Mrs. Newton King, 34, was killed Feb. 9, 1991, at the couples Marshall, Mich., home as she got out of her Jeep Wagoneer after a visit with her parents in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Prosecutor Jon Sahli said Mrs. Newton King was shot once through the heart by a sniper hiding in a hayloft on the property. As she lay dying, a second shot was fired from the ground at closer range to her pelvic area, Mr. Sahli said.
The Kings' two children, then ages 3 years and 3 months, were still strapped in their car seats.
Several family members and friends of Mrs. Newton King said she was unhappy in her marriage and was considering leaving her husband, a part-time instructor in criminal justice at Western Michigan University.