Man faces life sentence for attacking wife with knife
Melissa Romero stabbed and slashed by estranged husband
Prosecutors say Edward Romero, 37, was angry and drunk when he broke into the home of his estranged wife in the early morning hours of Jan. 11, 2013.
The couple was separated and he was demanding to visit the couple's children, ages 5 and 6.
During closing arguments in Edward Romero's trial on assault charges, prosecutor Cathrine Hayes said the attack was a classic case of domestic violence, noting that Melissa Romero had been stabbed five times as the couple's children watched, screaming at Edward Romero to stop the attack.
Edward Romero's attorney, Joe Gonzales, argued that this was a case of self-defense, suggesting that it was Melissa Romero who introduced a knife into the verbal confrontation that followed the break-in.
Hayes countered saying, "He's committing a crime when he breaks into her home and you don't get the benefit of self-defense when you're committing a crime."
She called the self-defense argument a "desperate defense."
"It makes a mockery of the seriousness of domestic violence," Hayes argued.
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