Attorney: Former Army captain from Port St. Lucie shot husband in self-defense

By LAMAUR STANCIL | Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla. | Published: February 20, 2014

PORT ST. LUCIE — A Miami attorney retained to represent the Port St. Lucie military veteran accused of killing her husband is calling the shooting an act of self-defense.

Valerie Lowe, 53, remains at the

St. Lucie County Jail without bail one week after police charged her with second-degree murder for the killing of Laurence Edward Daly, 64, on Feb. 5 at their home. Lowe told detectives she grabbed a handgun and fired at her husband during an argument when he lunged at her.

“We look forward to the opportunity to present the entire truth of what really happened,” attorney Robert Barrar said in a statement. “(We) are confident that she will be acquitted as she acted only in self-defense.”

Barrar has represented several clients charged with murder.

He said the Lowe family extended condolences to Daly’s relatives and described the shooting as a “tragedy that has devastated both families.”

Barrar described Lowe as a mother and a grandmother. She had no children with Daly, whom she met 3 1/2 years ago and married in July, police said.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie Romero is prosecuting the case for the State Attorney’s Office. He would not comment on the state’s case against Lowe.

The former Army captain called police to her home in the 5700 block of Northwest Cleburn Drive after the shooting. She told police she shot Daly in the chest as he charged at her with fists clenched.

Detectives said Lowe was inconsistent in her interviews about Daly’s aggression before the shooting.


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