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Woman claims she killed boyfriend in self-defense

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The Parker County woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend explained from behind bars why she did it.

Roni Lisenbe said she met her boyfriend Richard Graves about three months ago through an online dating service. He moved into her Springtown home the day they met.

"I only did this to save my own life," she said.

Lisenbe said Graves came home Friday night after drinking with a friend. They argued because she accused him of selling drugs from her house. And when he found out she was on the phone with her ex-boyfriend, the argument became physical.

"That's when he started hitting me in the chest and pushing me back away from the door," she said.

Lisenbe said Graves wouldn't let her leave the house so she went for her gun.

"He had me on my back on the bed, the gun pointed at him. I had my feet out trying to keep him away from me. He leaned forward and he put the barrel of the gun against his own head and taunted me. 'What are you going to do?'" she said.

In her call to 911, the suspect she said she first fired a warning shot that went over her boyfriend's shoulder.

"Sheriff's department, 911," the dispatcher said.

"I just killed my boyfriend because he was beating me," Lisenbe said.

"Ok, ma'am, you just killed your boyfriend?" the dispatcher asked.

"He was hitting me and pushing me and he got in my face and I got my gun out and I told him not to come at me and I fired a warning shot," Lisenbe replied.

Lisenbe said she fired a second shot when Graves tried to grab the gun. The bullet hit him in the stomach.

"I didn't want to do any of that. I didn't want to die and I only had one other choice and that was to shoot him," she said.

The 33-year-old's friends said she told them she was afraid of her boyfriend and that he once put his hands around her throat during a fight.

The Parker County Sheriff's Department said he had a prior domestic violence conviction. Also, the suspect's story does match the physical evidence in the case.

Lisenbe was charged with murder and is being held on $100,000 bond.

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