Wife claims self-defense in Camas murder


Stephanie Westby faces 1 count of first-degree murder

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Camas woman accused of killing her husband told dispatchers they had a big fight and she thought he was going to kill her.

Stephanie Westby, 47, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of first-degree murder after her husband Joseph was found dead in their home on Southeast 42nd Circle Sunday evening.

According to the probable cause document, Westby was “hysterical and crying” on the 911 call. She reportedly said “My husband and I just had a big fight… I thought he was going to kill me and I shot him.”

Westby was taken into custody and continued to cry and again said, “He attacked me and said he was going to kill me,” according to documents.

She also asked for representation.

Stephanie Westby makes her first court appearance after being charged with the murder of her husband, Sept. 17, 2019. (KOIN)

“When she called 911 she reported that he was threatening to kill her and attacked her so she acted in self-defense,” her attorney Steve Thayer said.

Prosecutors did not have a comment about the self-defense claim.

The couple’s 18-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter were interviewed and said there was no history of domestic violence in their home. They said their mother had been depressed and there were marital troubles since May, according to court documents.

The children told investigators their mother asked them both to be out of the house that night.

The children are being cared for by family friends.

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