Mexico man convicted of killing his wife, other charges
WARRENTON - An Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney said Friday night 35-year-old Ricky Harding Jr. was convicted of second degree murder in a May 2014 shooting that left his wife dead.
Harding was also convicted of third degree domestic assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Harding was arrested after a May 25, 2014 shooting at his home on Audrain Road 923 that killed 34-year-old Summer Harding.
Attorney Jacob Shellabarger said Harding and his wife engaged in a struggle over a stolen gun Ricky Harding brought into the home. During the struggle, the gun went off, killing Summer Harding, according to the prosecution. Shellabarger said Ricky Harding left his wife alone with their children after she was shot. One of the children called 9-1-1 and said their mother had been shot and was bleeding.
Prosecutors said Ricky Harding was arrested after trying to see his wife at the Audrain Medical Center.
Harding's trial started Monday; the jury deliberated for about five hours, according to the prosecution.
Harding's sentencing was scheduled for February 4, 2016.