Supreme Court of North Carolina
378 S.E.2d 8 (1989)
Norman (defendant) killed her husband, who had been beating her for the past twenty years, while he was asleep. At trial, an expert witness testified that as a result of the abuse, Norman had resigned herself to a life of continued abuse and degradation and that she believed the abuse would only lead to her death. Norman sought to argue that she killed in self-defense. The trial court refused to instruct the jury on the defense because Norman was not faced with imminent harm at the time of the killing. The Court of Appeals reversed, stating that the evidence could satisfy the requirements of self-defense.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Mitchell, J.)
Dissent (Martin, J.)
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