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Prosecutor Rules 2012 Homicide A Case Of Self Defense

A Lansing woman will not face charges after stabbing and killing a man last year.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings says the 52-year-old woman was defending herself when she killed Anthony Woodruff on November 24th, 2012.

Dunnings says the woman - who lived down the hall in the apartment complex they shared - was having a party. He says she asked people not to let anyone else into that house, but that someone apparently let Woodruff in.

He says when she asked Woodruff to leave, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 230 pound man started assaulting the 5 foot tall woman.

Dunnings also said Woodruff was drunk, and had a blood-alcohol level of .26 (which is more than three times the legal limit for drivers).

A witness told police that Woodruff was hitting and kicking the woman. Dunnings says she stabbed him with a pair of kitchen knives in self-defense.

Woodruff later died from his wounds.

"It is my belief that this was a lawful act of self-defense and that the level of force used was appropriate and lawful under the circumstances," said Dunnings in a press release.

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