Drunken Portland bartender who fatally shot her boyfriend guilty of manslaughter, jury finds

Barbara Michelle found guilty

Barbara Michelle, 44, testified in her own defense on Tues., Dec. 5, 2023. A jury found her guilty of first-degree manslaughter.Zane Sparling/The Oregonian

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A Portland woman who fatally shot her boyfriend during a drunken argument in 2022 was found guilty Thursday of first-degree manslaughter.

Barbara Michelle, 44, dabbed her face with a tissue as she learned the Multnomah County Circuit Court jury didn’t believe she had shot her boyfriend in self-defense as they argued in the street outside the Bluebird Tavern about 1:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day 2022.

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