San Antonio woman gets 45 years in fatal shooting of deaf man in 2016
A San Antonio woman convicted of murder in October was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting a deaf man on the porch of her East Side apartment in 2016.
After contradictory statements Michelle Chase made to police were shown to a Bexar County jury at her trial, it took the panel three hours to find her guilty of murder for shooting William Farr, 50, either on Feb. 6 or Feb. 7, 2016.
Authorities found his body in front of her apartment in the 600 block of South Rio Grande Street on Feb. 8.
Chase, 51, said Farr demanded money from her and attacked her when she did not give it to him. Initially she said she did not shoot the man and did not have a gun. But in a video interview played at her trial, Chase told officers that she kept a gun by the front door and when Farr attacked her, she fired a gun toward the man, and did not mean to kill him. She left the scene shortly after.
Her attorney, J. Anton Hajek III argued that Chase shot Farr in self-defense because he said the man stalked her.
Prosecutors Gretchen Flader and Madeline Flosi argued that Chase shot an unarmed man, noting that Farr, who could not speak, had a pen and notebook on him and was found resting on a note that said “sorry.”
Judge Jefferson Moore, who presided over the case in the 186th state District Court, formally sentenced Chase on Thursday. She will have to serve at least half of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.
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