Ending a man’s life isn’t easy to live with. Remorse and guilt eat away at your soul while you’re awake and in your sleep. I ask God for forgiveness each day. My case is not as “open and shut” as the prosecuting attorney would like you to believe. My story is about a mother who feared for her life and the life of others, and ultimately took the life of the man who threatened her with a knife and promised to kill her son in her own home. I am not a murderer! I don’t feel I should lose my life in a 10’ x 6’ cell because I saved the life of my son and my own.
Voicemails left by Dustin Stanley on Donna Hockmans’ cell phone
At the time of Donna’s arrest, she stated to her defense attorney that over 30 voice mails left by Dustin Stanley could be retrieved from her cell phone. Donna thought the police would retrieve them to show the harassing/stalking nature of Stanley in the days leading up to the shooting. Weeks had passed and no word about the retrieval of the calls, so Donna informed her attorney that he needed to retrieve them before they were lost for good. At the time he was only able to retrieve these two. Stanley becomes audibly upset when he could not reach Donna. The jury at trial was not allowed access to these calls.
The audio below illustrates Dustin Stanley’s state of mind just before the incident:
Please listen carefully: