FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman accused of fatally shooting her Miami police officer boyfriend will go to trial after a judge denied her attorney's request to have the murder charge dismissed.
Broward County Judge Geoffrey Cohen ruled Friday that Tiniko Thompson should stand trial in the fatal shooting of Officer Carl Patrick.
Thompson claims she shot Patrick in self-defense after they got into a fight.
In court Wednesday, Thompson explained why she didn't call 911 after the shooting, claiming he pulled a gun on her first.
"I was in shock. I was in fear of my life," Thompson said. "I wasn't going to tell him, 'Hey, I just shot Carl' so they can come shoot me."
The hearing was to determine whether Florida's "stand your ground" law is applicable.
Patrick was found dead while wearing his police uniform inside his Pembroke Pines home in May 2014.
Thompson, a Miami police public service aide who was Patrick's live-in girlfriend, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder almost three weeks later.
Police said Thompson shot Patrick and took his cellphone so that he couldn't call for help.
Patrick's mother was pleased with the ruling.
"What she did, she did wrong to my son because he was a good man," Lucille Patrick told Local 10 News. "I'm proud of him in his grave today. I'm proud of him. He could have killed that woman, but he didn't. She did that to him. He was a good man getting dressed to go to his work when she did that to him. That was very evil."
Thompson has remained in jail since her arrest.
The trial is expected to begin Oct. 19.
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