Man who stabbed pregnant girlfriend on trial in SLO
October 1, 2015
An attorney defending a Lompoc man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend argued in an opening statement that his client could not have committed attempted murder because he was in an alcohol-induced blackout. [Tribune]
Brian Michael Rodriguez, 26, stabbed his pregnant girl multiple times while the couple was visiting friends in Cambria in July 2014. Rodriguez is charged with more than two dozen felonies in addition to attempted murder. His trial began Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Court records state Rodriguez drank beer throughout the evening of the stabbing. Rodriguez allegedly barged in on his girlfriend while she was in a restroom and attempted to urinate on her.
She stopped him, forcing him to urinate on himself. Rodriguez then became angry, punched her in the head and face and called her a whore.
Shortly later, Rodriguez threatened her with a knife and told her he was going to stab her and kill her. Rodriguez then cut her multiple times on the arm and once on the back.
During opening statements, defense attorney Raymond Allen said the stabbing was terrible but Rodriguez did not have the intent to kill his girlfriend. The combination of Rodriguez’s blackout and his underlying mental health issues precluded him from having the intent required to convict a person of attempted murder, Allen said.
Allen said he would introduce evidence of Rodriguez having a personality disorder, depression and attention-deficit disorder, as well as antisocial and sadistic traits.
Deputy district attorney Greg Devitt said during his opening statement that the stabbing was the fifth in a series of incidents that left the victim with small wounds. Prior to the July incident, the victim treated herself with gauze, bandages and rum, opting not to seek professional medical attention, Devitt said.
Devitt said he would show text messages in which Rodriguez said he wanted his girlfriend crippled, in a wheelchair and dead. He also said he would call the victim to the witness stand to recall the night of the stabbing and Rodriguez’s history of abuse.
Rodriguez previously pleaded guilty to a felony after stabbing his ex-wife in the forearm. Court records state he stabbed his ex-wife in the presence of their children.