Kimberly Ann Suan and Jerry Lee Suan had been married more than 30 years at the time of his death in March 2020. His wife reported he’d had an accident while welding, but the autopsy records proved Jerry’s death wasn’t accidental.
Last month, Kimberly Suan was taken into custody in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and charged with murder for the intentional death of her husband.
After her initial hearing, she faced judge Mark Gorby, who read out the charge of first-degree murder.
Evidence quickly came to light indicating Mrs. Suan had intentionally planned and carried out the cold-blooded murder.
Initially, it appeared Mr. Suan could have died accidentally, but the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy that pulled a single bullet from his body, according to a WVNews report.
The case took a little detective work, but ultimately the forensic evidence betrayed the intentions of a wife bent on homicide.
The bullet taken from Jerry Suan’s corpse was retrieved from his left chest. It proved to be a .38 caliber. Shortly after the autopsy, authorities searched the Suan residence and located a .38 Caliber Cobra Model CB, according to the report. The ballistics matched, and it was clear that Kimberly Suan’s story was a lie.
The Cobra handgun was identified as her firearm.
Her husband didn’t die from a welding-related electrocution, as she claimed, but a single gunshot wound. She was the only person present at the residence at the time of Jerry Suan’s death, according to the report.
The couple lived together in a home near Wallace, West Virginia, where they raised three daughters. At the time of his death, Jerry Suan, 48, was grandfather to seven grandkids, according to his obituary. He had one son, ‘Tater,’ who preceded him in death.
Law enforcement continued to gather evidence and search for a motive in the murder. They obtained a cell phone video from about six months prior to the shooting in which Kimberly Suan threatened to kill her husband.
Kimberly Suan is being held at North Central Regional Jail pending a probable cause hearing, which is her legal right within 10 days of arrest. She is being held without bail as in West Virginia, as only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge.
She faces life in prison if convicted.
Kimberly Suan’s court appointed attorney has not said whether she is pleading guilty or innocent.