and she still doesn’t want a divorce!
A woman denies that she was trying to kill her husband even though she lined their bedroom with plastic sheets, bleach, and garbage bags in the hours before she was found standing over him as he slept holding a power saw.
The most emotional testimony in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKean were heard in court as her husband told how the noise of the Sawzell reciprocating woke him up in time to fight her off.
Even though he was able to escape the slice of the blade, the fight continued as she had laid out a hatchet and a mallet in the kitchen and she went on to attack him with those when the saw failed.
Accused: Renee Bishop-McKean, 44, said that she was chasing an intruder but she was found holding a chainsaw just inches from her husband’s neck and had prepared the house for a massive clean up
The harrowing attack occurred on October 14, 2011 in the family’s Everett, Washington home, and it was only stopped when police heard screaming and responded to the scene.
In spite of her excuse that she saw an intruder escape through the couple’s daughter’s window, her husband was screaming when they arrived.
‘It was you, it was you! You tried to cut my head off. You’re going to jail!’ Herald Net reports him saying.
Victim: The husband (pictured in court) has not been named in hopes of protecting the children
The husband, 37, has not been publicly identified in an effort to protect the couple’s children.
According to local station KOMO News’ coverage of the trial, there were several warning signs that something was awry that night, but none could have predicted that Bishop-McKean, 44, would try to decapitate her husband.
The couple had recently separated, and the night of the attack was the first evening that the husband had returned home- at her request.
When he pulled up to the house, Bishop-McKean told him to park down the street and not in front of the home.
Reports after the incident assert that she had laid sheets over the back seat and cargo area of the family Jeep Cherokee. Presumably for the clean up, she had bought multiple roasting pans, bleach, and garbage bags.
The husband confirmed to police that he had recently bought a box of large white garbage bags so he didn’t understand why she had two additional bags of large black garbage bags under the sink.
The same confusion came from the presence of the eight roasting pans that were in the kitchen, because normally they just kept one in the house for Thanksgiving dinner.
He also found several gallons of bleach under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and on top of the refrigerator, which was much more than the single bottle they normally kept in the home.
KOMO News says that the husband told police that when he got into bed that evening, he heard a ‘crinkle noise’ which she told him was an extra blanket. Really it was the plastic sheets she used to line the bed.
He woke up to the noise of the Sawzall blade just inches away from the neck, and she convinced him that she had heard an intruder in the home.
Police later checked the window in the daughter’s room which Bishop-McKean claimed was the escape route for the intruder, but they deemed that it was not viable since there is a childproof lock on the window and there were no footprints at the scene.
Initial reports say that he then checked the house for the supposed intruder, she came after him with the hatchet and mallet that were in the kitchen.
During his testimony on Tuesday, he described the attack as being more aggressive.
Testimony: The husband said in court that he stopped her from using the chainsaw by taking out the battery
‘Renee came at me in the kitchen with the Sawzall raised up, we had a struggle over it. She kept pulling the trigger to make it run, so I reached out and pulled the battery out of it,’ he told the court.
Amid the struggle with the various weapons, the husband sustained cuts and scrapes on his arms, one of which required seven stitches.
Since her arrest that evening, Bishop-McKean was charged with first degree attempted murder and domestic violence assault.
The reason for the separation that prompted the attack has never been publicly stated, but Bishop-McKean continues to refuse her husband’s request for a divorce.