MEDIA, Pennsylvania — A suburban Philadelphia pediatrician has been convicted of attempted murder in a shooting that injured her former domestic partner and narrowly missed their 11-year-old son.
Jurors in Delaware County deliberated only 45 minutes before convicting Lauren Daly, 42, of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other counts Monday night, WPVI-TV reported.
Authorities say Daly shot the 49-year-old woman through the windshield of a car on Memorial Day last year while their son sat in the passenger seat. He wasn't injured.
Investigators said the couple had ended their relationship several years earlier, but shared custody of the boy and a 9-year-old girl.
Defense attorney Mike Malloy argued that his client fired in self-defense, saying the car was moving toward her at the time, The Delaware County Daily Times reported.
"That's what is missing in everyone's equation," Malloy said. "It moved, and when it moved toward her, she raises (the gun) and three (shots) go off."
Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann, however, said the victim and the boy both told police that the car was in park when the shots were fired.
Mann also argued that Daly could not rely on a self-defense argument if she was the initial aggressor. She said Daly stood in front of the car with a loaded handgun because she planned to kill.
"The defendant was the only aggressor that night," he said. "There is no evidence in this record besides the statement given by (Daly) that this car moved."
Information from: WPVI-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi