A Texas judge has ruled that a man who shot and killed his wife will not be criminally charged in the killing.
The ruling was made Friday in Travis County, where police said the shooting occurred in the family’s ranch home.
Prosecutors said they will now be trying to determine whether the shooting was justified.
The judge’s ruling was based on the testimony of a neighbor, who testified that the couple was in a verbal argument on Aug. 30, 2016, and the husband said he would shoot his wife if she tried to leave.
The neighbor said the husband shot his wife as she was trying to get out of his car.
He testified that she fell on the ground and hit her head on the concrete and then rolled into a pool of blood.
The husband’s mother testified that he then fired his gun in self-defense and that the wife fell over and was shot multiple times in the back.
The case is pending in Travis.