San Diego Domestic Violence Felony Trial--Who's Lying Now?

September 13, 2010
By Thomas M. Huguenor on September 13, 2010 6:40 AM |

Justia-photo-61 knife attack .jpgThis blog reported previously on the ongoing criminal trial in Vista California. Actor Shelley Malil is the defendant charged with attempted murder and other felony charges for the knife stabbing of Kendra Beebe. The prior blog dealt with the fact that the defense attorney caused victim Beebe to admit that she had previously lied in court in her family law case. This was done in an attempt to cause the jury to have less regard for the victim and to allow the defense to argue, in closing, that the victim's testimony in the criminal trial may not have been truthful. As a La Jolla divorce attorney, this blog posts articles on actors and family law issues; however this case is different.

However, last Thursday, actor Shelley Malil, the defendant, took the stand and testified according to a Fox News article published on 9/10/10. Defendant Malil has pleaded Not Guilty to the attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges. He testified that he never intended to hurt Beebe. He was shown pictures of the knife wounds that Beebe suffered and testified that he had "no idea" that the knife he was holding caused those injuries. Really? He testified that he came to Beebe's home the night of the attack and found her drinking wine with another male. Why did he come to the home with a knife? Why did he not leave when he saw Beebe with someone else? Did he just drop in? Uninvited? With a knife? What was his intent? (The prosecutor claims Kalil used two knives.) Beebe was stabbed over 20 times, suffered a punctured lung but survived the attack.

Family law domestic violence cases often result in criminal prosecutions. Divorce court Domestic Violence Restraining Orders are treated seriously and can result in the loss of child custody rights, an order for attorney's fees, a higher spousal support order and other consequences. Criminal defendants have a right to remain silent. The prosecution must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Defendant Kalil may have decided that the prosecution is proving its case and that he has no choice but to testify.

Kalil’s attorney will argue that Beebe wasn’t telling the truth about the attack, however, now that Kalil has testified, the prosecutor will have much to say about truth and Kalil’s version of the attack. The San Diego divorce attorneys of the Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor handle domestic violence cases in Family Court.