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Woman, 76, kills abusive husband, police say

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 23, 2000


GAINESVILLE -- A 76-year-old woman shot and killed her husband of more than 50 years Friday, as he choked her during an argument, police said.

Ola Burns Hines shot her 80-year-old husband, Isiah "Izell" Hines, in the chest with a .32-caliber handgun, police said.

Police Detective Reginald Johnson said Hines was choking his wife when she reached into a drawer and pulled out the gun.

"Our investigation shows this was self-defense," Johnson said. "She's a very fragile lady who has a long history of illness."

Police say there was a history of domestic violence at the house, and that no charges would be filed.

- From staff, wire reports

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