UPDATE: Woman pleads guilty in the death of her stepfather
DES MOINES (AP) -
A Des Moines woman accused of killing her stepfather has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and reckless use of a firearm.
Twenty nine-year-old Sera Alexander pled guilty Wednesday in the death of Anthony Hartmann.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge against Alexander, whose trial began earlier this week.
A lawyer for a Des Moines woman charged in her stepfather's death says she considered him a threat when she shot him in her basement.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sera Alexander's lawyer argued Monday, in the opening day of her trial, that years of domestic abuse prompted her to consider 49-year-old Anthony Hartmann a threat.
After finding her stepfather in her basement, she warned she'd shoot if he didn't leave.
Defense lawyer F. Montgomery Brown says he responded "Fine, shoot me," and she did.
Alexander has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge won't let a Des Moines woman use Iowa's new "stand your ground" defense against charges that she killed her stepfather.
The law says a person doesn't have to retreat before using deadly force if the person thinks his or her life is being threatened.
Sera Alexander's lawyer had argued that Alexander should be allowed to use the law although it took effect July 1, nearly two months after Anthony Hartmann was slain May 8. Alexander is accused of shooting to death Hartmann in the basement of her family's Des Moines home.
Judge Robert Blink said in his ruling issued Tuesday that Alexander could not use the defense "because that law was prospective in nature."
Police have said Hartmann didn't threaten or hurt Alexander immediately before he was shot.
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