Gia McClain didn’t need an attorney to come up with the theory she was protecting herself from a battering, drunken husband. The Orange County woman asserted it up front, the night she phoned 911 and reported she’d just fatally shot Fred McClain in the head.

Sally McNeil killed her husband with a pair of shotgun blasts after years of his physical abuse of her. Even her San Diego prosecutor didn’t dispute that or the fact that her husband was capable of inflicting significant damage, observing the husband was a “former Mr. California who could have bench-pressed a Volkswagen.”

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