How murder went to manslaughter in brutal death

Over four hours in a friend's kitchen, she tied his hands behind his back, stripped him and assaulted him with punches and kicks. 

She then marched him out of the flat and took him to the desolate state house where she lived with her pregnant sister. There she wrapped a computer cord around his neck and strangled him. Police found his body the next day wrapped in a red faux mink blanket under a double bed. 

Cory James Protos, 30, died on Saturday, April 26, 2014. It took nearly three years and three months for Zariah Jae Samson, 25, to plead guilty to his manslaughter. For all that time she was on remand in jail.