Understanding Battered Spouse Syndrome in Michigan Law

In the late hours of August 10, 2009, Joni Holbrook, a mother and friend to many in her community, took her husband's police issued firearm and shot her husband multiple times while he slept. Melvin Holbrook, a decorated veteran of the Michigan State Police, lay dead from the wounds. At first glance, this case seemed to be an open and shut First Degree Murder case. However, when we were retained to represent Joni, it became apparent that the major issue of the case was the question of why would Joni kill her husband.
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