WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A woman was acquitted in the stabbing death of her ex-boyfriend, which reportedly followed an argument over the amount of bed space he used up in her bed at night.

The jury decided Thursday that defendant, Patricia A. Cave, had acted in self-defense after he became physically violent during the space-related argument, the Washington Post is reporting.

Cave, 50, was said to be drinking and smoking cigarettes on the night of  June 2, 2011, before coming home to her then-boyfriend, Lamont Warren, 36.  When Warren refused to move over to make room in bed for her, Cave attempted to move him.

He responded by putting his hands on her throat and choking her. Using a knife on the nightstand, Cave stabbed Warren in the chest to fend off his attack.

Authorities called to the scene charged Cave with voluntary manslaughter.

Months before the stabbing, Cave had reportedly filed a restraining order against Warren, claiming he had abused her on numerous other occasions.

The prosecution said Cave and Warren were in an open sexual relationship at the time of his death.

Deliberations took four hours, after two days of testimony, according to the Washington Post.


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