The verdict was handed down by Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon at the conclusion of a bench trial that began last week.
Faith Martin, 26, was accused of murdering Willie Arrington, 44, on Nov. 21, 2010, at Martin's apartment in the 400 block of North River Street.
Martin's attorney, Kelli Childress, argued that Martin stabbed Arrington in self-defense.
According to testimony, Martin and Arrington had argued the night before the incident, and Martin spent the night at a neighbor's. The following day, Arrington returned and began beating Martin, Childress said. As they struggled, she was able to grab the knife from a sink and only used it because she feared for her life, Childress said.
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