Prosecutor: Fatal shooting was self-defense

9:46 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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Darwin Weathers. (Courtesy

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County prosecutor says a 30-year-old Grand Rapids woman acted in self-defense when she fatally shot her boyfriend on Christmas day.

Taneesha Smith killed Darwin Weathers on December 25, after a fight over her use of his cell phone. Police found Weathers lying in a driveway outside their apartment at 57 Leonard St. NE. He died a short time later at the hospital. 


Prosecutor William Forsyth ruled that there was sufficient evidence to show that Smith's was in grave danger. Smith said after company left Christmas evening, Weathers began beating her and held a gun to her head. He then pulled the gun away and tried to put it back in his pocket, but it fell on the floor. Both Smith and Weathers reached for the gun, but Smith grabbed it first. She closed her eyes and pulled the trigger "one or two times."

Smith told officers on the scene, "I did it because he was beating on me."

Forsyth said Weathers had a history of violence against her. He also had two domestic assault convictions and served time in prison for weapons charges.

Smith will not face charges. Three children in the apartment were not hurt.

Weathers, 34, had recently moved to Grand Rapids from Saginaw.

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