Woman Faces 'Full Evil' Ex for First Time Since Stabbing

Robert Lee Burton could face life in prison for alleged attempted murder of Melissa Dohme.
2:02 | 08/15/13

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We're going to turn to a remarkable story about love emerging from tragedy. Melissa was nearly murdered by an ex-boyfriend. When she faced him down in court on tuesday, the new man by her side was the paramedic who saved her life. Reporter: Prior to this moment in court, melissa hasn't seen her ex-boyfriend, robert lee dalton jr., Since january of 2012, when he was walking away from her with a knife in his hand, as she lay in the road lifeless. He had murder on his mind. And I could see it. Reporter: She stared burton down, as he pled quality this week to stabbing her 32 times. He initially told the judge he would plead guilty if he could serve less than ten years in jail. But the judge dismissed that request. And now, burton could face up to life in prison for attempted first-degree murder. My message to any woman that's in an abusive relationship, you're not alone. And there is a better life after. Reporter: She is now 21. And in a surprising twist, appeared in court with her new boyfriend, cameron hill, who she says she would never have met had she not been so brutally attacked. I can't look at it as anything bad anymore. Reporter: Hill was one of the first responders who helped save her on that horrific day. At the time, she was real -- real bloo. And for some reason, I didn't think it was the last time I was going to see her. Reporter: When they did see each other again, they say they felt something. She is a very strong, determined girl. And she is doing everything she can to get back to a normal life. Reporter: Outside the courtroom tuesday, dohme spoke out against domestic violence. Never should a man lay a hand on you. Reporter: This morning, she's moving on. She says since her near-fatal attack, she's graduated from college, become a nurse and now, fallen in love. For "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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