Somerset, KY asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Wrongful Death for Kentucky

Q: murder charge, now claims domestic violence,. before claims accident. premeditation is believed. can she plea bargain?

woman call police after believed premeditated murder. First she claims an accident. She claims self defense because of domestic violence. However she went the night before and got a gun from her father, had it at her house. She claimed he was trying to get in to her. However, the couple was having no problems at the time in question. She had took him to work that morning after consensual sex. She was supposedly waiting for him to get home from work. The gun shot was point blank in the victims chest. She was waiting for him as he entered the home. There is evidence that she committed the crime. She called the police afterwards, She confessed but to an accident then self defense. The Prosecutor is waiting for a plea bargain. Should he try and prosecute further, or try for a plea? What should we expect in way of a plea bargain? How much of a sentence should we expect to be offered?

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: A criminal defendant can always plea bargain. Whether that happens or not is up to the individual commonwealth attorney handling the case.

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