‘A legitimate claim of self-defense’: Years of abuse led Tampa mother to kill husband, state attorney says

Mark Hendley was shot and killed at his family home in Tampa

The second-degree murder charge brought against a Tampa mother who claimed she killed her husband in self-defense back in 2018 has been dropped.

Sabrina Hendley said she spent years being a battered spouse – and prosecutors now say they believe her.

Hendley’s attorney, Todd Foster, said Hillsborough State attorney Andrew Warren took a second look at Hendley’s case and saw it for what it was – self-defense.

Foster recalled Warren’s sentiment toward the case, saying, “‘You know what? We are not going to go forward anymore. We are going to dismiss the case.”

Foster said his client suffered for years under the abusive hands of her husband, Mark Hendley.

“She was suffering under this battered spouse syndrome,” said Foster.

In May 2018, the abuse became too much for Sabrina to endure. Investigators said Mark Hendley began waving a knife during a small gathering at their home.

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