Florida woman who killed violent husband is protected under ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws
AFlorida woman who fatally shot her abusive husband during her son’s birthday party in March was justified in killing him under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws due to “a reasonable fear” that her family members’ lives were imperiled by the unhinged man.
Charges against Michelle Dinkins-Penland will be dropped after a state attorney’s office investigation found she had the right to protect herself, her 14-year-old son and her mother when her PTSD-afflicted husband, Mark Penland, snapped and began beating them during a barbecue at their Ocala, Fla. home.
“Whether applying stand your ground or justifiable use of deadly force law, under the facts of this case, DinkinsPenland was legally allowed to use deadly force based on a reasonable fear that her life, her mother’s life and certainly her son’s life were in danger,” according to court documents cited by the Ocala Star Banner.
On March 22, police were called to the couple’s home in response to a domestic disturbance and, while police were en route to the home, the call changed to a reported shooting, the Ocala Post reported.
Michelle Dinkins-Penland, who had been married to Mark Penland for a year, was hosting a birthday cookout for her teen son.
Her huffy hubby refused to sing Happy Birthday to his stepson and went to the home’s backyard to grill a piece of chicken for himself, the Ocala Post reported.
When the boy went outside to speak with his stepfather, Mark Penland, 53, lashed out at the teen and pinned him to the ground.
Michelle Dinkins-Penland and her mother rushed to the boy’s aid but were thrown to the ground, beaten and punched while the deranged man yelled, “No, I’m going to kill him.”
The backyard tussle abruptly ended when Michelle Dinkins-Penland, a concealed carry owner, went inside to grab her .38 caliber revolver and fired two shots at her belligerent husband.
She tried to help resuscitate her husband before he was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Michelle Dinkins-Penland posted to social media following the shooting, thanking family and friends for the support after “a recent traumatic tragedy.”
“We do get stronger every day because of all of your prayers and God’s never-ending grace,” she wrote on her Facebook page, filled with photos of her and her late husband.
Investigators with the state attorney’s office found that Mark Penland had physically and emotionally abused his stepson for months leading up to his death, at one point beating him so badly the he cracked the young teen’s ribs, Orlando.com reported.
Mark Penland’s family told the Ocala Star Banner that he had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from having served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years.
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Michelle Dinkins-Penland, who shot and killed her abusive husband, Mark Penland, during an attack on her, is justified in the killing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws.