Half my post didn't even talk about shooting burglars. It talked about people accidently shooting other people. *Kids* get punished more for accidently shooting a friend.
Self defense is legally defined as the reasonable use of force against an agressor that one reasonably believes is necessary to avoid imminent bodily harm.
My question was did she really just use a "reasonable use of force" or was she taking out her anger too? Oh, but wait, like I mentioned before it's apparently ok to accidently kill a person if they attacked you first, yet when you accidently shoot somebody, get them immediate medical attention, and watch as they die in front of your eyes, then you still get charged with manslaughter.
It just seems to me that somebody was throwing some BS around in that court room, as that lawyer said "She didn't do anything to contribute to Mr. Bonds' death"...so, what, is he saying that Mr Bonds was still alive after the beating and somebody else came and finished him off? Or that it's like she just sprayed him with a can of mace? Or technically if you beat somebody with your shoe enough until they die that it is not killing the person? Sounds more like they managed to play the emotions of the audience...let's show mercy for the poor defenseless woman who accidently killed her boyfriend, while if events had been reversed we'll just convict the boyfriend of manslaughter...
Personally, I think that if you kill somebody by pinning them down and beating them with your shoe that alone sort of implies you took actions beyond self-defense.
Here's another article between the above two posted sort of verifying SUP's statement...assuming the source is accurate, of course...
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/9 ... 2822c.html
A 220-pound Brooklyn woman accused of sitting on her ex-lover's chest and clubbing him to death with her high heels said yesterday the slaying was accidental.
Anna Rhinehart, 40, sat on Roosevelt Bonds and pounded him with her size-12 pumps because he "told me he was going to kill me," she said in a statement released by her attorney, Darren Fields.
"Ms. Rhinehart is deeply saddened by the accidental death of [Bonds]," the statement read. "She never intended or wanted the unexpected death of Mr. Bonds."
Rhinehart, charged with manslaughter and freed on her own recognizance, said Bonds, 52, came after her in a "blind rage" when he learned she was dating another man.
He suffered fatal injuries during a furious street fight with Rhinehart - she outweighed him by about 40 pounds - in Brownsville, Brooklyn, early Saturday.
Letracia Barnes, who said she was one of Bonds' 18 to 20 kids by six or seven women, said Rhinehart "knew what she was doing. ... She murdered my dad."
After viewing her father's badly battered body, Barnes said she was sure Rhinehart used a weapon besides her shoes. "No size-12 pumps could have done that to him," she said.
The Brooklyn district attorney's office confirmed that Bonds had been granted an order of protection from Rhinehart in April that had expired Friday. Rhinehart allegedly had threatened him with knives and a gun.
Rhinehart also is charged with weapons possession - so far only her bloodied brogans. She said she did not realize the extent of her former lover's injuries.
She said she was so sure Bonds would be okay that she tried to press charges against him - but cops told her he had died at Brookdale Hospital Center.
Now, granted, I'm not saying the jerk boyfriend didn't deserve what was coming to him...but he already received it, and it seems to me that she's just avoiding what was supposed to be coming to her...