HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Cedricka Thornton was sentenced to 50 years in prison in January of 2020 for stabbing and killing her boyfriend Devontay Davis.

In her appeal, Thornton argued that her conviction and sentence must be reversed and that she is entitled to a new trial because the circuit court judge refused to instruct the jury on self-defense, which she had claimed was the reason she stabbed Davis with scissors.

According to records, the request was also denied because Thornton’s evidence of self-defense established that she accidentally killed Davis when she initially kicked him to stop him from raping her.

Court records also add that the jury found Thornton possessed an intent to kill Davis and thereby rejected her self-defense theory.