(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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