Gary Ploof

Delaware Department of Correction

The execution of 49 year old Gary Ploof set for February 4th was stayed by a Delaware Superior Court judge last week while he appeals his conviction for killing his 29 year old wife in 2001.

WBOC reports that public defenders asked that the execution be delayed pending a federal habeas corpus appeal that was filed earlier this year.         

A divided Delaware State Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of the former Dover Air force Base sergeant.

Ploof was convicted of shooting his wife Heidi in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Dover.  

Delaware Department of Correction

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who killed his wife to collect life insurance.

The court voted 3-2 on Wednesday to uphold 49-year-old Gary W. Ploof's sentence in the 2001 shooting death of 29-year-old wife Heidi Ploof.

Gary Ploof was a staff sergeant stationed at Dover Air Force base when his wife's body was found in her car in a parking lot in Dover. She had been shot in the head.

Prosecutors allege Ploof killed his wife to collect on a $100,000 life insurance policy.