Woman Sentenced to 25 Years for Killing Husband

There are 5 comments on the Feb 1, 2008, WLTX Columbia story titled Woman Sentenced to 25 Years for Killing Husband. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

A 50-year-old Lexington County woman will spend 25 years in prison for the murder of her 62-year-old ex-husband. [Read the original story] Ann Baxley Smith shot and killed Woodrow Smith one night in June 2006 ...

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Your mom

Columbia, SC

#1 Feb 1, 2008
Whoa! That is one scary looking woman!
JerseyPrincess

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2008
25 years for murdering her husband? Why not life?
Paul in South Carolina

Columbia, SC

#3 Feb 2, 2008
I know Ann. Her lawyer, William Tetterton, took $40,000 to represent her and then did precious little on this case. The facts are that Ann confronted Woodrow with the intent of committing suicide, but Woodrow grabbed the gun in an attempt to wrestle it from her. This caused the gun to discharge, killing Woodrow.

At most, she should have only been convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter. There's no way that this could have been Voluntary Manslaughter, for that crime requires the element of "Heat of Passion." Such a crime usually occurs in instances such as a spouse coming home and finding their spouse in bed with someone else, and then the jilted spouse murders either the spouse or lover....or both! In any case, the crime would have to have been committed while the defendant did not have time to cool off. But since the 11th Circuit Solicitors Office didn't have a case for murder, they insisted on a guilty plea to a crime that was not supported by the facts.

Bottom line, at most Ann should have been convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter, and sentenced to no more than 5 years.
Hungrywolf

Germany

#4 Feb 2, 2008
You need the German law and the German Constitution!
This is not possible in Germany with German rights.

GGQ

Since: Mar 07

Columbia, SC

#5 Feb 2, 2008
She is still the one that pulled the trigger and it resulted in his death.

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