GOOD: Woman Won't Face Charges in Boyfriend's Death - Plant City, FL

GOOD: Woman Won't Face Charges in Boyfriend's Death - Plant City, FL

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    GOOD: Woman Won't Face Charges in Boyfriend's Death - Plant City, FL

    Woman Won't Face Charges In Boyfriend's Death

    PLANT CITY A woman who stabbed her boyfriend during a violent confrontation last month acted in self defense and will not be charged with a crime, a prosecutor said.
    Tamesha Doreen Miles, 22, had marks on her that were consistent with abuse and her boyfriend, Terry T. Townsend, had been arrested in February on a charge of battering her, officials said.
    Townsend, 26, died at South Florida Baptist Hospital shortly after the stabbing, reported at 12:51 p.m., April 7. Miles, who took him to the hospital, initially told hospital personnel Townsend was stabbed in a robbery attempt in the 600 block of N. Maryland Avenue, but when questioned by police said it happened at her home, police Sgt. James Shultz said.
    Miles told officers that she lied about how he got hurt at the urging of Townsend, who told her what to say before he lost consciousness, Shultz said.
    Plant City police referred the case to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office in Tampa, which conducted a May 8 homicide review.
    "We were unable to refute the claim of self defense," Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi said.
    Therefore, the state will not file charges against her.
    The homicide review, which included a review of witness statements and crime scene photographs, determined the stabbing culminated a morning-long physical dispute between the two, authorities said. Miles had a black eye sustained during the altercation and other injuries and indications she was the victim of abuse, they said.
    During a struggle on the floor of Miles' west Plant City home, Townsend was stabbed between the fourth and fifth ribs, a wound that nicked his heart, according to the autopsy.
    After bandaging the wound, Miles drove Townsend to the hospital, police said.
    Polk County records show Townsend was arrested Feb. 22 by Lakeland police on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a case in which Miles was the victim.
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    Let's see, the guy had already been arrested for assaulting her and this time she had to use a knife to defend herself, then she bandages him, takes him to the hospital and lies to protect him.

    Am I missing something here? What would motivate someone to defend someone else who is abusing them?

    Sure makes me reluctant to get involved in a domestic situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timor View Post
    Let's see, the guy had already been arrested for assaulting her and this time she had to use a knife to defend herself, then she bandages him, takes him to the hospital and lies to protect him.

    Am I missing something here? What would motivate someone to defend someone else who is abusing them?
    Fear.

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    Fear is right; he used it to hold influence over her. I suspect that once she found out he had died, she came out with the truth.

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    That is all they know, is abuse. It is a known quantity. They don't like it but often have no place to go and they are afraid to leave because they are told that they will be dead if they leave. Pretty powerful cycle.
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