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CHP arrests woman in death of husband last month in Sutter County

Kristin Rhiannon Ward
Kristin Rhiannon Ward Sutter County Sheriff’s Office

A woman is in Sutter County jail accused of murder in the death of her husband, who was inside a tent when the car she was driving ran over it.

Kristin Rhiannon Ward, 29, was arrested Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol following investigation of the June 25 death.

The CHP responded about 11:44 a.m. to Franklin Road and Acacia Avenue, south of the community of Sutter. A 2004 Mustang driven by Kristin Ward of Sutter had lunged forward over the tent, according to a CHP news release. Her husband, 36-year-old Robert Keith Ward, was inside the tent, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

During an investigation, information emerged regarding the circumstances leading up to the event. Through interviews with family and friends, search warrants and a secondary interview with Kristin Ward, it was determined that the impact was not an accident, CHP officials said.

Kristin Ward is being held without bail.

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