How long would it take for someone who killed someone else out of self defense to be found innocent in IL?

So, I am writing a screenplay. The story takes place in Illinois. In my screenplay, one of the side plots is about a woman who shoots and kills her husband out of self-defense. A man arrives drunk home one night, and in his drunkenness, begins to beat up his wife. She manages to get away from him. She goes into their room and locks herself. In the room, she manages to call the police. As she is talking to the police, the husband tries to knock the door down. The police find out that this is going on. While she is on the line and he is trying to knock down the door, she gets a loaded gun she has stashed in her wardrobe. Before the police are able to arrive, her husband knocks down the door. Out of self defense, she shoots and kills her husband. When the police arrive, they find the man dead. They see that she is bruised and that she obviously wasn’t lying about the abuse. Would she be found innocent? Would she be locked up initially? Or would the law just keep a watch on her until she goes to court? Would she have to go to court? Thank you.

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2 Responses to How long would it take for someone who killed someone else out of self defense to be found innocent in IL?

  1. FBI surveillance van says:

    WAY too many variables. Could be a few months. Could be 4 years.

  2. wendy c says:

    She wouldn’t even be in court, if the legal authorities SEE it as self defense and no charges are ever filed.
    If she WAS tried…then a jury is gonna decide and no one knows which way that would go (which is why we HAVE trials and juries).
    Since it is a screenplay..clearly you have the option to write it anyway you want.

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