A black woman who fatally shot her estranged husband is facing potential murder charges, despite the fact that she claims the shooting was done in self defense.
Alabama.com reports that 38-year-old Jacqueline Dixon killed her estranged husband, a 44-year-old man named Carl Omar Dixon, outside of her home in Selma, Alabama.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson tells Alabama.com that he believed a fight broke out between the couple earlier this week when Carl Omar Dixon accused his wife of cheating on him — and the fight escalated to the point where Jacqueline shot him with a handgun.
Dixon told police that she shot her husband because he was charging at her aggressively. According to court records, Carl Omar Dixon had a long record of domestic abuse allegations — and Jacqueline successfully obtained a protection from abuse order against her husband in 2016, which also gave her custody of their two children.
To obtain her protection order, Jacqueline testified that her husband had punched her in the face on multiple occasions while also yelling curse words at her.
The state of Alabama has a “stand your ground” law that makes it legal for citizens to use deadly force against an assailant if they have justifiable reason to fear for their lives and they are not the original aggressor.
Despite this, Dixon is facing potential murder charges for killing her husband while being held on $100,000 bail at the Dallas County Jail.