Pierce County prosecutors have declined to file charges against a woman who in September ran over her date on the Key Peninsula and killed him.
Evidence showed the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman acted in self-defense after being sexually assaulted by her date, 53-year-old Leon Shaw, prosecutors said Thursday.
“Her actions were a form of self-defense, escaping a sexual assault,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. “Her intent was not to hit the deceased, but just to get away.”
Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in the 600 block of Cornwall Road, Key Peninsula North, after Shaw’s friend found him dead in the driveway.
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His date had fled in Shaw’s truck and crashed 15 feet down an embankment in Lakebay. She was critically injured but recovered.
Officials said Shaw met the woman earlier that day while she was walking down the road. They drank a large amount of alcohol before visiting Shaw’s friend.
While in the home, Shaw and his date got into an argument after he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. The woman fled, and Shaw went after her. His friend found Shaw dead minutes later.
The woman told investigators she believed Shaw drugged her. Alcohol and methamphetamine were found in her system, according to the Washington State Patrol.