- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors are not pursuing murder charges against a north Florida woman who fatally shot her husband during a domestic disturbance.

The Ocala Star-Banner (https://bit.ly/1WPS8A1) reports that prosecutors determined Michelle Dinkins-Penland was protecting her family in March when she fatally shot her husband, 53-year-old Mark Penland.

Assistant State Attorney Amy Berndt said in a legal filing that Dinkins-Penland legally used deadly force based on a reasonable fear for her life, the life of her teenage son and other family members.

The filing says prior to the shooting, Penland was beating Dinkins-Penland’s 14-year-old son, his step-son. Dinkins-Penland, who has a concealed weapons permit, fired her revolver at him twice.

Witnesses told detectives Penland was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was frequently violent.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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