- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge has rejected a woman’s “stand your ground” claim in the shooting death of her husband.

Circuit Judge Catherine Combee concluded in an order filed Jan. 7 that the self-defense claim by 57-year-old Sheree Peters is “not credible.”

The Ledger of Lakeland (https://bit.ly/1an1BIW) reports Peters is accused of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of her 62-year-old husband James Dennis Peters. She claims he threatened and attacked her before the shooting.

Assistant Public Defender Patrick Long, argued in a motion that Peters was acting in self-defense when she tried to wrestle the gun away from her husband.

Peters testified in court and spoke to detectives in recorded interviews that her husband hit her with a pistol and threatened to kill her. She says the gun discharged during their struggle.

But the judge noted inconsistencies in the various versions of Peters‘ accounts of the shooting. She wrote that it is difficult to determine “precisely how the victim was shot.”

Peters didn’t report the death and left his body in the hallway of their home until relatives discovered it two weeks later. He had been shot in the abdomen.

Combee wrote that Peters didn’t report the death because she was in shock and afraid she’d go to jail.

Peters testified that she sold the gun after the shooting “because she needed money for gasoline and food,” the judge wrote. She also told detectives that she used some of the money to buy cocaine.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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