Welcome to Aftermath, a portion of our First Line email newsletter where Attorney Anthony L. DeWitt walks you through a real-life self-defense incident and shares his key takeaways.
Domestic Violence Ends With Deadly Force
After months of physical abuse from a violent ex-convict, a 24-year-old Chicago woman ended her relationship with gunfire from her lawfully owned firearm. According to Pioneer Press of Elmwood Park, Illinois, physical abuse in the relationship was common. From July 2019 through December 14, 2019, the police were frequent visitors to the couple’s apartment where the battered woman refused to press charges. Shortly after dinner on December 14, 2019, the abuse started anew. The man slapped and choked her while she was driving. Gas station video showed the assault. Later at the apartment, as violence began anew, the woman stopped the attack by shooting and killing her attacker. The state attorney’s office refused to prosecute based on the burden of proof.
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