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Riverside County woman faces 4th trial for alleged murder


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Sonja Hadnot will stand trial again this week for allegedly killing her husband 11 years ago.

Hadnot and her attorneys have told multiple juries she shot and killed her husband accidentally during an argument in the couple's Corona home. During the confrontation, Hadnot says her husband put a gun to her head. She pushed it away and it went off, striking David Hadnot in the chest. A forensic pathologist testified that the gun fired from several feet away.

She says her husband physically abused her, forbade her from using birth control and also forced her into three pregnancies.

Hadnot's first trial ended in a hung jury. A second ended in a mistrial over alleged juror misconduct. A jury in the third trial convicted Hadnot of second-degree murder. She appealed and earlier this year a state Court of Appeals reversed the conviction. That's because the judge tossed out testimony from a psychologist who said Hadnot likely experienced post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the killing.

She was freed on bail two months ago but the appeals court did not invalidate the murder charges. Now the Riverside County District Attorney has the option of prosecuting Hadnot again.