43-year-old Pamela Duhart appeared before Judge Julianne Rivera in the Nueces County Courthouse Wednesday morning after surrendering herself to the police Tuesday.

Duhart turned herself in after Corpus Christi police issued a warrant for her arrest in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Frederic Ramsey, the father of her children, at a southside home just a couple of weeks ago.

She is charged with murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Duhart's attorney, Mark Di Carlo, said his client should not be behind bars because she shot Ramsey in self-defense as she was protecting her home and herself from burglars. The burglars included Ramsey, his brother, and friend.

Judge Rivera told Duhart she is charged with a first-degree felony and could be facing up to life in prison.

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