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Trial court erred by refusing to give self-defense instruction (access required)

A jury convicted Thomas Lienau of involuntary manslaughter. The court reversed, holding it was error to not give the jury a self-defense instruction when such an instruction was requested by Lienau and supported by the facts. Background Lienau owned a townhouse, where he resided in the basement. On the evening of July 16, 2015, Lienau heard an ...