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As reported via Yahoo News:

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas - Darrell Roberson came home from a card game late one night to find his wife rolling around with another man in a pickup truck in the driveway.

Caught in the act with her lover, Tracy Denise Roberson — thinking quickly, if not clearly — cried rape, authorities say. Her husband pulled a gun and killed the other man with a shot to the head.

On Thursday, a grand jury handed up a manslaughter indictment — against the wife, not the husband.

In a case likely to reinforce the state's reputation for don't-mess-with-Texas justice, the grand jury declined to charge the husband with murder, the charge on which he was arrested by police.

"If I found somebody with my wife or with my kids in my house, there's no telling what I might do," said Juan Muniz, 33, who was having lunch Friday with one of his two small children at a restaurant in the middle-class suburban Dallas neighborhood where the Robersons lived. "I probably would have done the same thing."

Tracy Roberson, 35, could get two to 20 years in prison in the slaying of Devin LaSalle, a 32-year-old UPS employee.

Assistant District Attorney Sean Colston declined to comment on specifics of the case or the grand jury proceedings but said Texas law allows a defendant to claim justification if he has "a reasonable belief that his actions are necessary, even though what they believe at the time turns out not to be true."

Mark Osler, a Baylor University law school professor and a former federal prosecutor, said the grand jurors evidently put themselves in the husband's place: "I can see one of them saying, `I would have shot the guy, too. I was just protecting my wife.'"

The December night before the shooting, Tracy Roberson sent LaSalle a text message that read in part, "Hi friend, come see me please! I need to feel your warm embrace!" according to court papers. LaSalle apparently agreed.

Darrell Roberson, a 38-year-old employee of a real estate firm, discovered the two, his wife clad in a robe and underwear.

When Tracy Roberson cried that she was being raped, LaSalle tried to drive away and her husband drew the gun he happened to be carrying and fired several shots at the truck, authorities said.

Darrell Roberson's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

His wife also was charged with making a false report to a police officer — for allegedly saying she was raped — and could get up to six months behind bars on that offense. It was not immediately clear whether she had a lawyer.

She had not been arrested as of Friday afternoon.

The story can be found at; http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070330...air_slaying;_ylt=AkHYsZZ7ZBYV881DIvibJRRI2ocA

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shitty!

thats just a bad set of circumstances right there. im glad im not a jurror on that panel. Lets be honest here, i think what the woman did is an honest reaction to the situation. i can think of plenty of stupid ass broads that i know that would pull a stunt like that. most of which would also not instantly draw the conclusion that their boyfriend/husband would pull a CCW and proceed to shoot multiple times at the would-be rapist.

now. what troubles me slightly is the timing of the shooting. From the description it sounds like the dudes wife was out of the truck, and the would-be rapist was driving away from the house when he was shot. their is no real direct threat there. it would be one thing if he had walked up to the truck and seen his wife getting pounded and screaming rape. two shots through the glass into dude heads face skin and its a done deal. but the guy was leaving, in a hurry, and his wife was not even fully undressed.

in all honesty its fucked up. their is no nice way to put it. but when you really get down to it the guy trying to get in a married womans pants is truly the one at fault here. don't get me wrong i have had my thumb in my fair share of unsavory affairs, and sometimes screwing around with another mans woman just 'happens', but never in my life had i been under the impression that it would be anything other then my life hanging in the balance if the guy WALKED IN. danger is part of the deal. shit, its part of the thrill.
 

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Agreed NN.

The percieved BG was in his truck and pulling away asper all reports I've seen thus far, which means per most laws it's a no shoot scenario.
But I at the same time understand what dude was thinking and had going on in his mind, which is rage _and_ that is not legal/allowable/defensible toward use of lethal force. Atleast not normally.

This situation is like that one from last year where the dad killed his convicted pedophile neighbor upon being told by his young duaghter that she was touched by dude...only for it to later come out that she was not telling the truth and neighbor man had been completely innocent.
They sent that guy to prison on IIRC manslaughter.

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that pedophile thing is equally messed up. its also a similar situation. they did not pin the murder on the daughter, the father got it. i think the texas situation is the same.

/i dident get down with a married woman either, but have gotten down with non-single women. DUDE, it just happens!
 

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Oh yeah, definitely toward non-single non-married womens.
I too have been there.

Agreed the daughter should've received some penalty along with the dad.
In this case as much as I feel for the husband he probably should've gotten some sort of penalty even if it were probationary or jail time suspended.
On the other hand in all honesty I did feel happy for him in that the jury saw to let the husband off the hook.

To this end I'm conflicted.

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but im sure the daughter was a minor, and SOMEONE had to take shit for the killing of an "innocent" man. although, how innocent a tried and convicted pedophile is, is a topic of further discussion.

i am also glad that the jury was open minded enough to take the entire situation into account when they where pointing the finger, instead of focusing on the simple fact that one man killed another, as so many jurys do. but being blind to the circumstances, and not taking into account the man who was shot dead was in the act of running away is concerning.

danm Janq your news posts get me really conflicted sometimes.
 

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i am without words - i dont know what to think about this event


other than it was just plain stupid from the word go
 
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