Over the course of their seven year marriage, Marvin Brundidge repeatedly beat his wife Charline. He abused her physically, verbally and sexually. And he sometimes followed up his violence with threats to end her life. On April 21, 1985, Charline killed him instead. This article explores how Charline's case, which predated court admission of domestic violence as defense evidence in a crime, has drawn calls for her release.
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