She carried a gun around with her most of the time. That is what the 47-year-old
defendant at the center of a New Jersey murder trial admitted while taking
the stand in her defense.
It's not that she admits to planning to hurt her husband; rather, she
is disabled and was often alone with her kids. She feared that she would
need the gun to defend herself from an intruder someday. That gun wasn't
used against an intruder, however. She confesses to firing that gun at
her husband in May 2010. He died as a result of the shot, leaving behind
three children and his widow blamed for his death.
The defendant, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and depends on a wheelchair,
is in the midst of the criminal trial for murder. She claims that self-defense
justified her actions after her husband threatened to kill her. In her
testimony, the defendant suggested that her husband was upset and wanted
to hurt her because of divorce and financial matters. He came at her and
The incident occurred in the couple's New Jersey home, resulting in
little testimony to either support or weaken the defendant's story.
A point that prosecutors might highlight during the trial is that the
defendant's husband was purportedly seeing another woman at the time
of his death, though the defendant claims that she knew nothing about
that until after her husband died.
Divorce, money and infidelity are common issues that lead to situations
of violence within the home. What the court needs to determine in this
case is whether the defendant's act of violence was a reasonable response
to a perceived threat or a premeditated act.
When there is a development in this case, we will post an update.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "Butler woman accused of fatally shooting husband says he was going to kill her," Ben Horowitz, Jan. 24, 2013