The Straits Times
Published on Sep 21, 2012

Woman convicted in electric saw attack on husband


EVERETT, Washington (AP) - A woman in the United States accused of trying to decapitate her sleeping husband with an electric saw has been convicted of attempted murder.

Jurors took only about three hours to decide on a verdict on Thursday in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKea. 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 in October last year and he fought her off. He was treated for cuts and scrapes.

Bishop-McKean told police the attacker 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 centimetres.