A Papillion woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband had complained about losing her allowance, a detective testified Tuesday in Sarpy County Court.
Anne M. Valgora, 49, had been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the June 18 shooting death of Steven Douglas, 44. The Sarpy County attorney amended the charge prior to the preliminary hearing before Judge Robert Wester.
Wester, who ordered Valgora to stand trial in District Court, heard from a Papillion police detective who testified the defendant complained to her sister about losing her allowance from Olson. The allowance had been $600 a month before being cut to $300 and then nothing, the detective said.
During an interview with investigators, Valgora allegedly blurted out that Olson had a life insurance policy. The unsolicited information got investigators digging, and it was determined that Valgora was the sole beneficiary of the policy.
Deputy County Attorney Phil Kleine argued that because money was the motive for the killing, the shooting should be considered a premeditated act. The couple had been estranged, Kleine said, but Olson had recently moved back home.
The detective also testified that Olson was found face down in the master bedroom of the couple's home at 600 S. Fillmore St. It appeared to investigators that Olson had been shot in the face through a pillow.
Valgora, Olson and a 10-year-old boy were the only people in the home when investigators arrived, the detective said. Valgora told officers she found Olson dead and called police.
The boy told police he heard a muffled gunshot and asked his mother what happened. She told him to go back to sleep, the detective said.
Valgora is also charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and tampering with evidence. She is being held on $2 million bail and must pay 10% of the bail amount, $200,000, to be released from the Sarpy County Jail.
Valgora has no criminal record, a prosecutor said at a bail hearing. She will be arraigned in District Court on July 30.