Sunday, April 01, 2007

Husband kills wife's lover, gets off--wife charged with manslaughter

Tracy Roberson of Fort Worth invited Devin LaSalle to her house for a sexual liason. Roberson's husband, Darrell, came home unexpectedly. In an attempt to clear herself of wrongdoing, Roberson claimed she was being raped, so her husband shot and killed LaSalle. He was cleared of murder charges by a grand jury, but his wife has been charged with manslaughter and may face twenty years in prison because she "caused the shooting."

Texas Wesleyan School of Law associate professor Jason Gillmer says a husband "is entitled to defend his wife and his family against aggravated assault."

10 Comments:

I'm struggling to figure out what you're doing here. You say 'In an attempt to clear herself of wrongdoing, Roberson claimed she was being raped', which the article says is 'alleged'. If it's being alleged by the husband's defence team then I suppose it might be part of an effort to shift the blame.

But if it is true, surely the jury made the right decision with the husband, if not the wife? What am I missing?

By Blogger Pacian, at 6:08 AM  

I'm not tryinjg to do anything. It's just a strange case that has people baffled. I do have some personal opininos about it, but they are really not relevant.

By Blogger Diane, at 9:27 AM  

Forgive me, but I don't understand what's baffling. I can understand and respect anyone's opinion about which side of the argument to support, but the evidence, if true as stated, would seem to at the very least provide a defense for the husband.

Frankly, if he had chosen not to take actions he deemed necessary to defend his wife, then I'd be baffled.

Having said that, if the husband had come home and found his wife and her lover in action and shot him (or her), I think he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law-- same act, same result, entirely different motive.

By Blogger Bubba, at 5:19 PM  

I think it's more baffling from a legal standpoint, Bob, rather than an observer's standpoint. It's an unusual set of circumstances, according to attorneys familiar with the case.

By Blogger Diane, at 9:26 PM  

It's just a strange case that has people baffled.

Ah, quite right. I did wonder if you were just trying to draw attention to something interesting, but the difference between the blog title and content (presumably just intended to draw attention to what is so strange about this case) made me wonder if there was something that was going over my head.

Don't mind me. :-)

By Blogger Pacian, at 8:05 AM  

Actually, I think your point that, so far, the wife is "alleged" to have said she was being raped is the sticking point. I'm not saying I personally doubt she said it, but from a legal standpoint, the only witnesses were the husband, the wife and the dead man. Unless she confesses, I'm not sure she can be convicted.

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