A Battered Wife Accused of Murdering Her Abusive Husband

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A trial lawyer helps one woman regain her freedom in Thornton’s New Book

She would be severely beaten and likely killed if she stayed, but certainly killed if she tried to leave. Was it self-defense, or was it murder? To defend his client, one lawyer from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula must find the truth in forensic evidence and through a sensational trial, portray to the jury a drama of the lives of Jean and John Davis. Ralph Thornton’s Beyond Terror tells readers this gripping story of a battered wife who finds that she has no choice but to end years of domestic violence by killing her abusive husband, to save her life and the lives of her brother and son.

Attorney David Chartier was spending quality time with his family in their cabin near the Upper Twin Lake when a phone call from a highly distressed woman broke the peace and serenity of that evening. It was Jean Davis, David’s longtime client, calling from the Michigan State Police Post where she is being held for her husband’s murder. After years of physical and emotional abuse, Jean abruptly realized that her only chance of staying alive was to kill her husband.

So begins David’s investigation, examination, gathering and analysis of forensic evidence that will provide a defense for his client. Beyond Terror follows the proceedings of the trial, beginning with David’s investigation at the scene until the final verdict from the jury and the adverse appellate decision of the court of appeals. A shocking and unexpected end to the novel awaits readers, following Jean’s release from prison after forty days of incarceration.

A trial lawyer for thirty-eight years himself, Thornton delivers this fictional story with much precision, capturing the technicalities and the drama involved in criminal proceedings. For more information on Beyond Terror, log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Ralph Thornton is a semiretired, Michigan trial attorney for justice, whose thirty-eight years as a trial advocate has involved handling thousands of cases, both in the criminal and civil courtrooms, most of which resulted in favorable verdicts or settlements for his clients.         

Beyond Terror * by Ralph Thornton
A battered wife on trial for the alleged murder of her husband in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Publication Date: February 15, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 238 pages; 978-1-4500-3297-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 238 pages; 978-1-4500-3298-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-3299-5

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