30 July 2021

Self-defense Is Legal in Missouri

It took the DA two and a half months to come to that conclusion, which is really pretty quickly for the legal system. St. Joseph woman won't be prosecuted in husband's death

Prosecutor Ron Holliday said investigators determined the shooting occurred because of domestic violence and Dawn Applegarth was in fear for her life or serious injury at the time.

Mark Applegarth was prosecuted for domestic abuse against his wife in January, according to online court records

He was a risk, and she took steps to be able to defend herself.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to say, "What took you so long?" to the DA.

    The facts of the case - when it was published 2 months ago - noted that the dead guy had been a domestic-violence problem, and that he showed up wearing a mask and armed.

    He was clearly a threat of "death or grave bodily injury." So why did take 10 weeks to make a determination of self-defense? I don't know. Maybe he is understaffed. Maybe he really does hate self-defense.

    Some DAs would take close to a year. Some would have to take the incident to a grand jury. Some would decide almost on the spot that it was self-defense.

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