Actor Shelley Malil, best known for his role as Steve Carell’s coworker in the movie 40-Year-Old Virgin, testified Thursday in court saying he stabbed his girlfriend 20 times by mistake.
Malil claims he thought his girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, was someone else, when he stabbed her 20 times in her San Diego home in August 2008. Girlfriend Beebe survived the stabbing and will testifying against Malil in court.
Malil has pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary. He claims he didn’t have any intent of hurting Beebe and it was simply a mistake. He says he didn’t realize it was Beebe he was stabbing until he heard her shout, “Call 911!”
When Malil arrived at Beebe’s home the night of the incident, her friend David Maldonado was there. Malil says he felt threatened and was acting out of self-defense, thinking it was Maldonado that he was stabbing.
If Malil is convicted, he could be sentenced to 21 years to life in prison.