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Attorney: Woman killed husband due to fear

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 16:22:19-04

A defense attorney says a Gilbert woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband was fearful of him and that their marriage was headed toward divorce and included multiple incidents of domestic violence.

Attorney Slade Lawton made the statements during the Sunday evening court hearing while unsuccessfully requesting a low bond for 27-year-old Jennifer Sariah Smith.

She's accused of second-degree murder in the Saturday night shooting of 36-year-old Paul Michael Smith on a street where one of their cars broke down.

Police said Jennifer Smith told investigators she was afraid of her husband and believed that he may have gotten a gun out of the car's trunk.

Deputy County Attorney George Kelemen Jr. said there was no indication of self-defense and that Jennifer Smith fled instead of calling 911.