Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Wife guilty of saw decapitation bid

A woman in the US used an electric saw to try to kill her husband

A US woman accused of trying to decapitate her sleeping husband with an electric saw has been convicted of attempted murder.

Jurors in Washington state took only three hours to decide on a verdict in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKean.

They also convicted the 44-year-old of first-degree assault for hitting the man in the head with a hatchet and mallet.

Jurors were told the noise of the saw woke the woman's husband last October 14 and he fought her off. He was treated for cuts and scrapes.

Bishop-McKean told police an attacker must have entered the home through an open window, found the saw and attacked her husband. A deputy prosecutor noted the window was locked so it would only open a few inches.

The woman did not testify. Sentencing is set for October 4 and Bishop-McKean faces at least 15 years in prison.