Murder suspect granted immunity under state's 'stand your ground' law

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A North Charleston woman arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend last summer has been granted immunity from prosecution.

A'Kara Travil Kymberle Edwards is no longer facing murder or weapons charges thanks to her immunity under the Protection of Persons and Property Act, commonly known as the Stand Your Ground law.

According to court documents, the victim, 22-year-old Alex Whipple, was attacking Edwards when she defended herself by stabbing him with a knife she said she had gotten to scare him away from her home.

Documents also note that Whipple was intoxicated and was known to be violent when drinking. Edwards testified that Whipple once assaulted a younger relative and acted violently on other occasions involving alcohol.

According to an assistant solicitor with the Ninth Solicitor's Office, it was a "close case" and "neither a ruling for or against us would have been surprising."

Officials said they do not plan to appeal the ruling.

"In these Stand Your Ground Cases, the Supreme Court has outlined the procedures for Defendants to obtain immunity and we will continue to follow their direction," said Assistant Solicitor Culver Kidd.

"It is our job to fight for justice. That means following the procedures outlined by the court, especially in close cases. Every case is different and we will continue to fight for cases we believe merit prosecution. Sometimes justice comes by way of immunity from a judge. Other times it comes by way of a conviction or acquittal by jury."

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