- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego County woman has been acquitted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, and a jury deadlocked on lesser charges.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1v7b24h) the judge declared a mistrial Wednesday after jurors couldn’t agree on second-degree murder and manslaughter counts against 41-year-old Julie Harper.

Harper had faced 50 years to life in prison if convicted of the maximum charge in the 2012 death of her 39-year-old husband, Jason.

Harper testified that her husband had raped her and verbally abused her for years and that she shot him as he moved toward her in a rage during an argument. Prosecutors disputed that story and said she had decided to kill him.

Prosecutors declined to comment after the verdict, citing the potential for a retrial.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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