CEDAR HILL, TX – On Sunday (Dec. 13) a woman was arrested after she
called 911, notifying the authorities that she shot and killed her fiancé.
C. Rhodes, 48, is in custody at the Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail on
murder charges. According to the
Dallas Morning News, Rhodes is an alias for the woman’s real name, which is C. Moore.
Around 6 a.m. Sunday, Cedar Hill officers responded to a call about a shooting
at a home in the 400 block of Robin Road, according to NBC 5. When officers
arrived at the scene, they found that J. Drew, 44, had been shot multiple
times. Drew was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police recovered a handgun from the home, where the couple lived together.
It appeared as if the pair had been involved in an argument before the
Was it self-defense?
It’s not that often that a woman shoots and kills her fiancé,
spouse or boyfriend. When such shootings occur, one can’t help but
wonder if family violence or
domestic violence was a factor.
In Texas, there are times where a killing is legally justified, particularly
when it can be proven that it was in “self-defense.”
Section 9.31 of the Texas Penal Code says that a person is justified in using force
against another when he or she reasonably believes force is immediately
necessary to protect themselves against the other’s use or attempted
use of unlawful force.
To illustrate, it may be lawful to use force in an act of self-defense
when the force is used against someone who:
- Unlawfully and with force, entered someone’s home;
- Unlawfully and with force, tried to remove the person from their home,
vehicle, or work; or
- Was committing or attempting to commit sexual assault, aggravated battery,
aggravated kidnapping or robbery.
Generally, the use of force against another is not justified if the actor
consented to the force used, or if the actor provoked the other’s
use of force, or if the actor used the force in response to a verbal provocation alone.
While it’s presently unclear if Rhodes acted in self-defense, we
can say that it is a possibility. If you are being accused of a violent
crime in the Plano or Dallas area, and you acted in self-defense,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to discuss your defense options!