She killed her ex-husband in self-defense. Can she now find peace?

Rachel Bellesen shot and killed her ex-partner after he attacked her and tried to rape her. What followed was a public trial that would test the lengths necessary to prove self-defense, even after a lifetime of domestic abuse

  • This article contains details about domestic abuse and sexual assault.

There is a phrase Rachel Bellesen can’t shake, even to this day. It echoes in her dreams, the moment the judge read her the charges: deliberate homicide. Punishable by death.

Punishable by death. To this day, Bellesen can’t remember much past that phrase. The last 24 hours had already been a blur: the assault, the shooting, the arrest and now this – her arraignment.

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