I wonder if this will be similar to a manslaughter case in this area a few years back. The socialite woman plugged 6 bullets into her husband in the kitchen one morning as he left for work, where he had a girlfriend. Quickly reloading, she shot him an additional six times in the back as he tried to get out the kitchen door. All in self defense, her attorney claimed. She got 3 years and is now back in the swing of things, having had an exemplary prison career assisting other women in a Connecticut reformatory, set among the fruited plains near New Haven, conveniently located not far from the Yale University faculty, who provided liberal academics to study the women and their issues. No word on the girlfriend. If Mrs. Voce can't get the same deal, she doesn't move in the right circles.
Last Edit: Apr 13, 2008 14:33:28 GMT -5 by dgriffin
We had a lady here that killed her husband and tried to claim abuse and self defense. It was too bad that she shot him in the back from a distance of 12 feet while he was seated at the kitchen table. He slumped over with his face in his tossed salad, and she and her son stole the man's coin collection, and were arrested in a motel room in Cherokee NC, where they had ODed on Meth, and spent the man's money in the slots at the indian casino.
The self defense issue didn't fly far in that particular case. Her AND sonny boy are doing their time. Not EVERY woman that cries abuse, is telling the truth, and some of them actually abuse the man in the relationship. Women aren't all prettiness and perfume. Some are rotten, devious and miserable, just as the men that perpetrate the same offenses.
Usually, the charges are made by the DA and what the DA thinks will result in a conviction. So if the facts lead up to a "heat of passion" charge, then the DA will make the appropriate charge. From the od article, it appears it was a domestic dispute. don't know if he attacked her first or what.
Anyway, the only time a lesser offense is given to the jury is when the evidence does not appear strong enough to convict the defendant of the original charge, but it supports the lesser charge. Manslaughter does not always have to be provided as a lesser offense. And it does not always mean the defendant didn't mean to kill. In fact, a "heat of passion" manslaughter charge is the opposite, the defendant intended to kill the victim, but was in such an irrational state of mind that it was legally impossible to develop the intent necessary for murder.
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