Ralph Wald was acquitted of murdering after he invoked the “Stand Your Ground” law as a defense in the murder of Walter Conley. Wald, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, shot and killed Conley after he caught him having sex with his wife, Johnna Lynn Flores, on the living room floor of their Riverview home.
It took jurors only two hours to return a not guilty verdict in the two-day murder trial. Tampa Bay Times described the incident that led up to the March 10th shooting as “a tragic and inimitably Floridian morality tale involving sex, liquor, self-defense law, erectile dysfunction and a man shot to death with his pants around his knees.”
After Wald discovered Conley having sex with his wife after midnight on March 10, he went back to his room and retrieved a .38 revolver, returned to the living room, shooting Conley in the stomach and head, killing him instantly. Not to be outdone by the Jodi Arias case, the prosecutor attempted to describe Ralph Wald as a Vietnam vet with erectile dysfunction and as a man overcome with jealous rage after finding another man in his house engaging in something with his wife that he couldn’t do. The defense was successful at arguing that Ralph Wald was standing his ground against an intruder he believed was raping his wife.
Johnna Lynn Flores claimed she was “black-out drunk” and didn’t remember getting together with Walter Conley, who happened to be her ex-boyfriend. Well, this has an interesting end — Ralph Wald and his wife reunited after he was released from jail. Flores told reporters, ”My husband has forgiven me 100% but there are of course some trust issues and that’s something we’re going to go to counseling about.” There’s more. Johnna Lynn Flores also said, ”Because my husband puts me first, he’s taking me to the Waffle House.”