• Charges reduced to manslaughter for woman who allegedly killed boyfriend


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Jury selection is underway in the trial of a College Park real estate agent accused of killing her boyfriend.

    Orlando police said Caryn Kelley shot and killed Phillip Peatross in her home two years ago.

    The charges in the case have been downgraded.

    Prosecutors filed paperwork showing they are now charging Kelley with manslaughter. Originally, she faced a second-degree murder charge.

    The decision came just days after video of Kelley just moments after police arrived at her College Park home was released.

    In the video, Kelley appears to be intoxicated and she asks if Peatross is going to make it.

    Kelley said Peatross grabbed the gun from her and he shot himself.

    However, prosecutors said she shot her boyfriend to death during a drunken fight.

    Prosecutors asked the judge on Thursday to keep the defense from making any statements to the media, since it has been a high-profile case, and the jury will likely sit over the weekend before testimony begins.

    Kelley spoke briefly in court Thursday, telling the judge she is "holding up" and said she never considered a plea deal and wanted to go to trial.

    If she is convicted of manslaughter, she faces up to 30 years in prison with a minimum of just over 10 years.

    With a second-degree murder conviction, she could have faced life in prison.



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