Woman who slashed boyfriend with samurai sword 26 times over cheating suspicion jailed for 19 years

The woman, identified as 31-year-old Emily Javier, was charged with attempted first-degree domestic violence murder

                            Woman who slashed boyfriend with samurai sword 26 times over cheating suspicion jailed for 19 years

A woman from Washington state, who repeatedly stabbed and slashed her boyfriend with a samurai sword over suspicion that he was cheating on her, has been imprisoned for 19 years, according to reports.

The woman, identified as 31-year-old Emily Javier, had been charged with attempted first-degree domestic violence murder, with the prosecution recommending a 20-year prison sentence. 

Deputy prosecutor Anna Klien, during the trial, said that the amount of premeditation that went into the attack was "huge and probably more than the court has ever seen," according to the Daily Mail. Javier reportedly shared new details of her plan to kill her former boyfriend, 30-year-old Alex Lovell, who she had been dating for two years.


"This was an incredibly brutal attack," Klein said, adding that Lovell described Javier as an "extremely jealous girlfriend" who would wake him at night to accuse him of being unfaithful. She reportedly did this even if another woman liked his photo on Facebook, according to reports.

The prosecutor added that Javier was also unhappy that Lovell aspired to be a professional video gamer. She reportedly researched online on how to kill someone with a sword and had purchased plane tickets to take him for one last trip to Hawaii.

The 31-year-old reportedly wrote notes to him, her mother and best friend, telling them that she wanted to commit suicide. She reportedly hid the sword on her side of the bed along with a few knives which she had taped together on the back of the headboard in case her sword idea did not work.

Reports state that she got Lovell drunk on the night she planned the murder and waited for him to sleep. She then hid his cellphone so that he couldn't call for help and used her phone to throw light on his throat as she attempted to slice it. 


She, however, hit him with the blunt end of the sword and woke him up in the process. Lovell tried to fight back and succeeded in saving himself because of his passion for Kung Fu movies and his training as a competitive video game player.

He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and his index, middle and ring fingers were almost detached from his palm. The doctors, however, managed to attach them.

After authorities apprehended Javier, she told them that she had attacked Lovell after discovering Tinder on his phone along with a few other hints which suggested her boyfriend had been unfaithful.

"I was trying to kill him for cheating. That was my purpose," Javier told officers, according to the affidavit. She reportedly apologized in court on Monday, saying she feels ashamed and sick to her stomach about her actions. "I wish every day I could go back and change what I've done," she said.


Judge Robert Lewis, while announcing his verdict, noted that it was very unusual to see someone go from "no criminal record or arrests to committing a fairly horrific act."

"Ms. Javier worked pretty hard to carry her plan out,' Lewis said, adding that she did not stop until she thought she had killed Lovell.

The judge gave her a 19-year sentence and ordered Javier to undergo a mental health and domestic violation evaluation and treatment. She's also been asked to have no contact with Lovell or his family and to pay at least $30,349.22 in restitution.