Self-Defense

In some cases of assault and murder, the defendant claims they had no choice but to act to protect themselves or others.


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Court TV speaks with Doug Benefield's cousin, Tommie Benefield. Tommie speaks about the circumstances in which Doug and Ashley were purportedly reconciling and on the verge of withdrawing the divorce petition and move to Maryland together up until he was killed.
Marcia Thompson takes the stand in the Abused Wife or Murderer Trial. Thompson, a U.S. Customs officer is facing trial for the shooting death of her husband, Terry Thompson.
Ashley Benefield appears at a pre-trial hearing as supporters gather ahead of the Black Swan Murder Trial. Jury selection begins on July 22, as Benefield faces trial on charges she murdered her husband, Douglas.
Marcia Thompson
Court TV takes a look at the 'We Stand With Ashley' movement as the Black Swan Murder Trial approaches. Ashley Benefield, 32, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of her husband, Douglas Benefield, 58 in Sept. 2020.
Former ballerina, Ashley Benefield, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Douglas Benefield. The Black Swan Murder Trial is scheduled to start in late July.
Ashley Benefield appears in court
George Alan Kelly
George Alan Kelly sits in court
Pamela Bordeaux stands before the verdict is read in court
Jury deliberations continue on Wednesday in the trial of Pamela Bordeaux, who's accused of shooting and killing her former son-in-law, Sean Babbitt. Bordeaux claims she was acting in self-defense.
Attorney Binu Palal presents the prosecution rebuttal in the Protective Grandmother Murder Trial, where retired Las Vegas police detective, Pamela Bordeaux, is on trial for the shooting death of her former son-in-law, Sean Babbitt.
Defense attorney Erick Ferran presents closing arguments, arguing self-defense in the Protective Grandmother Murder Trial, where Pamela Bordeaux is on trial for the shooting death of her former son-in-law.
In their closing argument, the prosecution argues that,
Retired police detective, Pamela Bordeaux, testifies about the shooting incident with her former son-in-law,
Bodycam footage shows the arrest of 60-year-old Pamela Bordeaux, who is accused of fatally shooting, her 32-year-old former son-in-law, Sean Babbitt on April 22, 2019.
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State rebuttal closing in the case against George Alan Kelly