Missing Minden Mechanic's Wife Indicted For Murder

A Minden woman accused of killing her husband a year ago and burying the aircraft mechanic's body in the desert, has been indicted by a Douglas County grand jury for open murder with use of a deadly weapon.

Karen Bodden, 44, will be arraigned on the charge Tuesday before
District Judge Dave Gamble, District Attorney Mark Jackson said.

She was in custody in the Douglas County Jail on Thursday on $1 million cash bail.

The indictment came one year to the day after Bodden was arrested in connection with the disappearance of her husband, Robin Bodden, 50.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities believe Robin Bodden was shot to death Aug. 16, 2006, at his airplane hangar at Minden-Tahoe Airport.

His body was found in the desert near Johnson Lane on Sept. 10, 2006, 10 days after a family member reported him missing.

Karen Bodden told investigators she didn't report her husband missing because they were having marital problems and she claimed he had disappeared before.

She said he left in a twin-engine plane with a man named "Ramos."

Robin Bodden's siblings said they were convinced his wife murdered him.

Investigators believe Karen Bodden was motivated by financial gain.

Originally she was charged with embezzling $30,000 from her late husband's business, General Aviation Services of Nevada, and his personal accounts.

The embezzlement charges were dismissed after she was accused of
his murder.

Karen Bodden was convicted in 2004 of embezzling $44,000 when she was employed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

She was sentenced to probation.

Bodden was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 21 in East Fork Justice Court to determine if there was enough evidence that the crime was committed and she was responsible.

But Jackson said that hearing was vacated by the grand jury indictment.

Bodden's attorney, James E. Wilson Jr., of Carson City, was not allowed in the closed grand jury proceedings.

"Pursuant to grand jury proceedings, an attorney for the target of the investigation is not allowed to be part of a grand jury process.

A notice is required by statute which was provided to both Ms. Bodden and her attorney," Jackson said.

"Ultimately, it will be left to a trial jury to determine which degree of murder it would be," Jackson said.

"The jury would be instructed on first degree, second degree, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter."