Choir director convicted of killing husband placed on diversion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis church youth choir director convicting of killing her husband has been placed on diversion.

Valerie Herron testified during a hearing on Friday that the gun went off accidentally during a physical argument with her husband in March 2005.

She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The judge also allowed her the chance to have the conviction erased from her record.

Her attorney, Leslie Ballin, said her case mirrored his other high-profile client Mary Winkler.

Winkler was a preacher's wife who killed her husband after she said she endured years of physical and verbal abuse.

Ballin said that abuse victims are a lot alike and there are a lot of parallels between the two cases.

The victim's family said they didn't oppose probation, but said they wanted her felony plea to remain on her record.

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