Walters trial begins Jan. 14

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJanuary 10, 2014 

A 63-year-old Belton woman is to go on trial next week after she allegedly shot her husband following a dispute at their home Sept. 6, 2010.

Cynthia Walters is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The shooting occurred at the couple’s residence in the 1500 block of E. 187th.

According to the probable cause report, Walters told police she had been arguing with her husband for a few days.

She reportedly told her husband that she needed to go back to work, but he told her that “she was stupid and she might as well give up.”

On the night of the murder, Walters picked up a gun on the nightstand and pointed it at her husband while he was sitting in a recliner with his eyes closed.

Walters thought it would scare her husband if he heard the gun click. She then pointed the gun at him and fired.

The suspect told police she didn’t know the gun was loaded.

After the gun went off, Walters saw blood coming from his mouth and began administering CPR and called 911.

When police arrived at the residence, they found 66-year-old Robert W. Walters sitting in a chair bleeding from the mouth. EMS transported the victim to an Overland Park, Kan. hospital, where he died from his injuries two days later.

Walters was immediately arrested following the shooting and has been held in jail on a $500,000 bond.

The jury trial is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Judge Michael Wagner’s courtroom at the Cass County Justice Center.

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