Entries in Attempted Murder (3)


Woman Accused of Trying to Saw Off Sleeping Husband's Head

ABC News(EVERETT, Wash.) -- A Washington state woman accused of trying to saw off her sleeping husband's head is on trial this week on charges of attempted murder.

Renee Bishop-McKean was arrested in Everett, Wash., in October after her husband, Brett Bishop, awoke in the middle of the night to find her standing over him with a handheld electric sabre saw, according to court documents.

Brett Bishop went to sleep first that night, but awoke to the sound of an electric saw revving above him.

"Renee came at me in the kitchen with the Sawzall [saw] raised up, we had a struggle over it. She kept pulling the trigger to make it run, so I reached out and pulled the battery out of it," he said in court, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV.

After the struggle, Bishop-McKean allegedly hit him with a mallet and a hatchet. He was later treated at a hospital for cuts and scrapes, including stitches.

The prosecution said Bishop-McKean, 44, plotted the attack for weeks, buying plastic sheets, bleach and garbage bags to clean up the scene, according to KOMO.

She is charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree domestic violence assault in connection with the attack. The trial is expected to wrap up Thursday.

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Utah Woman Who Allegedly Tried to Run Over Husband Blames Xanax

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Salt Lake City woman who allegedly broke her husband's legs while chasing him with her SUV and crashing into an office building says an anti-anxiety drug is to blame for her actions.

In a dramatic and public incident, all captured on surveillance video, Brenda White, 36, allegedly chased her husband, Jon White, through a parking garage in her Ford Explorer, plowed into a Salt Lake County office building and then crashed the vehicle into him.

"This SUV just drove into our building," a caller told a 911 dispatcher on April 26, 2006.  "[The driver is] chasing some guy down.  The car is all the way inside the building.  [The driver] went through, going like 70 miles an hour."

At the time, Jon White was dodging his estranged wife, with whom he was in the middle of what police describe as an "ugly divorce."  In the end, he needed 63 stitches over his legs, arms and face.

Brenda was arrested and charged with attempted murder.  She was later released on $500,000 bail.

Taking the witness stand Thursday in her own defense, Brenda White told the court that she had taken a handful of Xanax before heading to the Woodland Towers office building, and had heard her husband on his phone in the parking garage telling someone else that he loved her, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

After Brenda White allegedly crashed into the Woodland Towers building, her husband's legs were broken.  She told the court Thursday that the last thing she remembers is hearing her husband on the phone and, after that, being inside an office building, The Tribune reported.

In a Utah courtroom this week, Brenda White's attorneys argued that she was suffering "extreme emotional distress" in the moments that she crashed through the building.  They say she was suffering from panic attacks from problems with her husband, and lost control when she took too much Xanax.

It's a strategy they won't discuss during trial, but spoke about it on local television five years ago.

"If a jury were to hear all those factors, I think they could certainly empathize with her situation," defense attorney Jason Schatz said in 2007.  "They would probably understand."

Rare side effects for Xanax include outbursts of anger, delusions and even aggressive and bizarre behavior.  But such symptoms are rare.

"Whether it's Xanax, alcohol or prescription medication, these really aren't complete defenses," ABC News legal analyst Dana Cole said.  "So it's used to reduce the charge, not to get away with the crime."

If convicted, Brenda White faces five years to life in prison.

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Pregnant Woman, Unborn Baby Survive Being Abducted, Set on Fire, Shot

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(WARREN, Mich.) -- A 22-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby are alive and expected to live after being kidnapped, set on fire and shot in Warren, Mich., police said.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, told police she was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s home early Saturday morning after seeing a drive-in movie. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she told police.

“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “She was ordered to the ground.”

Duct tape was placed over her mouth and wrapped around her hands and feet, and she was blindfolded, before being put back into her car and driven to an alley in Detroit, Green said.

“She didn’t know where she was at the time,” Warren police Sgt. Dave Geffert told the Detroit Free Press.

The man who kidnapped her indicated that it was because of her pregnancy.

“[The suspect] said ‘you know why this is happening’ and then he asked her about how far along she was,” Green said.

The woman told police she felt liquid being poured on her, heard a match strike and then was set on fire.

“She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out,” Green said. “And when that happened, two shots were fired and she was struck once in the back.”

The woman played dead, and the man left, police said.

“Right after the assailant had shot her, he fled the scene,” Geffert told the Free Press. “I’m saying ‘he’ because she reported a male voice, unknown description.”

She freed herself from the duct tape and drove to her mother’s house in Detroit. Her mother took her to the hospital.

Police took the woman’s ex-boyfriend into custody on Saturday and named him a person of interest in the case. He had not called 911 when she was kidnapped, police said.

A possible motive is the boyfriend not wanting another baby, police said.

An ultrasound performed after the attack showed the baby is healthy, police said, and the woman is expected to recover.

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