Criminal Justice

Woman charged with killing her lawyer boyfriend pleads guilty, will serve 30 years


Christina Adams, a South Carolina woman arrested for killing her attorney boyfriend, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday.

According to the Charlotte Observer, she will be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In 2011, police found Michael Howe shot to death in a home he shared with Adams and her friend. According to the article, the friend and Adams’ daughter, then 10 years old, went to the police station and told them about the killing.

Adams was 27 at the time of the shooting, WCNC reported, and Howe was 44.

Defense lawyers for Adams maintained that their client feared Howe, who reportedly kept guns strapped to the couple’s bed headboard. Howe represented Adams on a drug charge in 2009, and they began dating shortly afterward, the Herald reported at the time of the shooting.

According to police records, the Charlotte Observer reports, police had visited the couple’s home on several occasions. One interaction involved Howe alleging that Adams punched her when she confronted about steroids that she thought he took. When police questioned Adams about Howe’s death, she said that she shot him after “he hit me,” according to a police report.

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