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Long Beach woman killed husband in self-defense, police say

July 18, 2011 |  5:13 pm

Photo: A man was found stabbed to death inside a second-floor apartment in Long Beach. Credit: KTLA-TV

Long Beach homicide detectives have released a woman who killed her husband early Monday in what police say was self-defense.

The incident took place about 1 a.m. Officers were called to an apartment in the 300 block of East 7th Street near Long Beach Boulevard on reports of “unknown trouble,” according to a department report. They found Hekima Batiste, 37, bleeding from stab wounds. He later died from his wounds.

Police said Batiste and his wife had been married about a year and apparently had been having problems. Batiste forced his way into the apartment, authorities said, and his wife stabbed him.

After questioning the woman and other witnesses, detectives determined that she'd acted in self-defense and released her. The results of the investigation will be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for final determination.

Because the woman acted in self-defense and was a victim of domestic violence, her identity is protected under state law, police said.

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-- Sam Quinones (Twitter: @SamQuinones7)

Photo: A man was found stabbed inside a second-floor apartment in Long Beach. He later died of his wounds. Credit: KTLA

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