How did Candy Montgomery, the desperate housewife who hacked her love rival 41 times with an axe, convince a jury it was self-defence?

Our thanks to Gerry for this. He writes:

A woman slaughters her friend with an axe and then gets off with a self-defence plea. What was the jury thinking? Would they have reached the same judgement if the killer was a man? Probably not. But nobody cares.

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