A Sarpy County man has been sentenced for a second time for the 2010 stabbing death of his roommate. Thursday’s sentence of 18-20 years appears to be the end of a long and complicated legal issue involving self-defense.
Darrell White, who is now 48 years old, was originally convicted of second degree murder. In September 2010, he stabbed his roommate Todd Berg as the two argued in their Bellevue apartment. However in May 2013, the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned the conviction, pointing to the state’s self-defense law and ordered a new trial.
The law says that we do not have to retreat from our homes before using deadly force on an intruder in a case of self-defense. In other words, we can use deadly force even when we have a means of escape. However, if the person attacking us is our roommate, he or she is still considered an intruder.
In the case of White, he ended up pleading to manslaughter.