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* Sheyna Douprea is charged with killing her boyfriend in their Healdsburg apartment in Sonoma County

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A Sonoma County jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of 25-year-old Sheyna Douprea, who is charged with killing her boyfriend in their Healdsburg apartment on Dec. 14, 2008. The verdict will be read in Department 4 of Sonoma County Superior Court. Douprea’s attorney argued that she was fighting for her life when she fatally stabbed 46-year-old Daniel Mooney. Defense attorney Jamie Thistlethwaite said Mooney was choking Douprea on the bedroom floor when Douprea struck Mooney in the face and “poked” his neck with a knife to try to get him off of her, defense. Mooney suffered four wounds to the left side of his neck and died that afternoon. Deputy District Attorney Robert Waner, however, told jurors that the couple had a violent relationship and that Douprea was the aggressor. The jury can return a verdict of first- or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter — which would be applicable if the jury believes Douprea killed Mooney unnecessarily in self-defense or in the heat of passion — or jurors can acquit Douprea of all charges. Thistlethwaite said the voluntary manslaughter charge most closely fits the facts of the case but asked the jury to acquit Douprea of all three murder charges and find that her client justifiably acted to save her own life.

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