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Defendant Shelley Malil, left, confers with his defense attoney Steven Meister during a hearing Wednesday in Vista.
An actor who appeared in the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" will stand trial in the stabbing of his former girlfriend in San Diego County.
Malil is accused of stabbing Kendra Beebe 23 times in the backyard of her San Marcos home on August 10, 2008. At the time of the stabbing, Beebe was sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine with an old friend, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said Malil came to Beebe's house uninvited, walked up to her with one hand behind his back saying "Kendra, Kendra, Kendra..." It appeared to Beebe's friend that the pair was hugging when in fact, Malil was stabbing Beebe several times in the chest, prosecutors said.
The friend managed to grab the knife, throw it over the fence and ran to call 911. In the meantime, Malil went into Beebe's kitchen and grabbed a second knife and started stabbing Beebe again, according to court documents.
After a neighbor intervened, Malil stopped the attack and walked calmly from the scene, investigators said.
The North County Times reported that "some gouges [were] so deep her lung collapsed, according to Dr. Thomas Velky, the trauma surgeon who operated on her." One wound came very close to her carotid artery.
"Had it hit that artery, she would have likely been dead at the scene," Dr. Thomas Velky, the trauma surgeon who operated on her, told the court.
A district attorney's office investigator said Beebe told her she knew Malil for about a year but ended the relationship when he became "very possessive and jealous."
The day before the attack, Beebe and her cousin went surfing with Malil in Encinitas, investigators said. During the lesson, Malil became frustrated and left the beach with Kendra's keys and purse. After she managed to get home, Beebe noticed several items missing from her home including her vibrator, marijuana and a video of her bungee-jumping that Malil had said was "too risque" according to court documents. The evening before the stabbing, Malil allegedly emailed photos of himself having sex with Beebe to her employees.
Malil has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. Prosecutors said Malil could face life in prison if convicted of all charges.