Woman who repeatedly stabbed sleeping boyfriend with samurai sword took 'substantial steps to kill him' for being unfaithful
A Camas woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted first-degree domestic violence murder after she tried to kill her live-in boyfriend with a samurai sword believing he was unfaithful to her.
While the defense for Emily Javier, 31, is free to argue for a sentence below the standard range of 15 to 20 years, the prosecution will pursue a 20-year prison sentence, The Columbian reports.
Javier is due to be sentenced March 11 in Clark County Superior Court, and her defense attorney Chris Ramsay plans to call at least one expert to testify in her case. She admitted Wednesday to taking substantial steps towards killing her partner Alex Lovell, then aged 29.
The 31-year-old had previously told detectives she had been dating Lovell for two years, but had specifically bought the sword from a store in Vancouver Mall as part of a carefully devised plan to kill him. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Javier first hid his cellphone so he couldn't call for help. She then attacked him while he was asleep and called 911 thinking he was dead.
“I was trying to kill him for cheating. That was my purpose," she told officers, the affidavit states. Responding officers found Lovell with several critical injuries as he lay inside their bedroom.
Just weeks after the attack, Lovell was interviewed by The Columbian. He revealed that although his index, middle, and ring fingers on his left hand were "pretty much" cut off at the base, doctors were somehow able to reattach them. His left knee sustained a deep cut that required a metal plate to hold some of the bone while his right foot suffered a clean laceration. The left side of his head sustained a "decent" cut, he said, and there were minor lacerations on his torso. Furthermore, his right wrist was put in a cast.
On March 3, 2018, Javier called 911 to report that she had just stabbed her boyfriend and thought he was dead, prompting Camas police to respond to 2013 N.E. Garfield St. shortly before 2 am. Upon arrival, police saw Javier emerge from the house with her hands up. She was covered in blood and crying, the affidavit states. “He’s in there. I just stabbed him. You guys need to help him!” she told police.
Javier told investigators she found evidence that Lovell was cheating on her just a week before the attack. According to court records, she cited a dating app on his cellphone and red hair stuck in the shower drain, which she claimed were not hers. She also mentioned that Lovell “sits at home all day playing video games and does not do anything to help."
After a point, Javier stopped confronting Lovell about her suspicions because he always denied it. However, she bought a samurai sword with the sole intention of stabbing her boyfriend, the affidavit states.
Javier said that on the fateful night, Lovell came home and ignored her. His conduct “angered her, and she decided tonight was the night she was going to do it,” according to the document. Just hours before the couple went to bed, she hid the sword and two knives taped on her side of the bed. She waited for Lovell to fall asleep, grabbed the sword and stabbed him repeatedly, court records state.
Speaking to The Columbian, Lovell denied being unfaithful and said his relationship with Javier had been rocky since the start as she was often jealous. He said he was a professional gamer and practiced video games all day.