“Battered Syndrome,” a broader and gender-neutral version of “battered woman’s syndrome,” may be introduced as part of a claim of justification in a homicide prosecution, an upstate County Court judge has ruled in an ongoing manslaughter trial.

The defendant in People v. Carl Colberg, Indictment No. 94/99, intends to call an expert witness to flesh out a claim that he was the battered parent of the son whom he shot to death on April 1.

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