Years of Holy Matrimony
So what constitutes selfdefense?
Although this was not Norma Martindale's plea when she was charged
for killing her husband of 44 years, many would argue the 62-year-old
grandmother was simply protecting herselffinally, after
years of psychological abuse.
A stroke had left Norma's husband,
Roland, partially disabled, and relatives claimed the frustration
of his disability had caused him to act violently at times. According
to police records, there had been a physical altercation earlier
that day, December 29, 1995. Hours later Roland was sleeping quietly
in a recliner in front of the television.
Norma approached her husband with
a Winchester 30-30, a deerhunting rifle, lowered the barrel
to his temple and fired. Roland never woke up. Norma accepted
a plea bargain of manslaughter receiving a 90-day jail sentence,
one year's probation, and 200 hours of community service.
can't hurt me anymore."
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