with dramatic testimony at the trial of the former white house lawyer charged with trying to kill his wife. Well, she took the stand testifying about the alleged attack. And ABC's linsey Davis is here... See More
with dramatic testimony at the trial of the former white house lawyer charged with trying to kill his wife. Well, she took the stand testifying about the alleged attack. And ABC's linsey Davis is here with that. Interesting to point out in the civil trial the former white house lawyer represented himself but never showed up to court claiming via e-mail he was in the hospital and while he's not representing himself for the criminal trial once again he did not show up for court yesterday. That's the flashlight the defendant used to beat me. Reporter: An emotional first day in a criminal trial of Michael Farren, the former high-powered white house attorney for George W. Bush. Farren elected not to be present at his own trial of attempted murder against his now ex-wife Mary Margaret, the mother of two testifying on the stand Monday as the prosecution's first witness. He said, I'm killing you. Reporter: Mary Margaret detailing what she described as a brutal beating that she says occurred two days after she served him with divorce papers. He was pulling out large ma'ams of my hair and slamming my head into the floor. The 48. Reporter: Testifying that he savagely beat her within inches of her life in the bedroom and at times hitting her with a metal flashlight while her two young daughters were in the home. At first I screamed and then I stopped screaming because I didn't want Abigail to come into the room. Reporter: She managed to escape with her daughters bringing them to a neighbor's house. She screamed that -- I don't think I'll ever forget the words "My husband is trying to kill me. I'm going to die." Sheing looked like something out of a horror movie. There was so much blood on her face and hair covering her. Sheing looked kind of wild. It was very frightening. Reporter: 61-year-olds Michael Farren has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, first degree assault and risk of injury to a child. In the civil trial in December, Mary Margaret was awarded nearly $29 million in damages. If convicted in this trial, he could face up to 70 years in prison. So interesting he was once again a no-show. Some gory testimony yesterday. Thanks. We turn now to that rescue
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