This day in history: Jan. 10, 1994

The trial of Lorena Bobbitt, who wounded her husband, begins.
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And another closely watched trial began today a Manassas Virginia Lorena Bobbitt is charged with malicious wounding for the sexual mutilation of her husband. She says he abused her verbally and physically. Here's ABC's Al do. Today was Lorena bobbitt's turn as defendant two months ago her husband John was acquitted of marital rape in this same building. Mrs. bobbitt's attorneys claim that in severing her husband's penis as he slept. She was acting on irresistible impulse a form of temporary insanity after she says he raped her that night and after years of abuse. She talked about it on ABC's 20/20 recently. I just want him to need me. I don't think. I'm thinking no woman should be King and I and. Like Iowa. John Bobbitt was the first witness called to the stand this afternoon. As a cure position you never tried to have forcible sex with your wife I never did. But Marine Corps records confirm that he had abused his wife at least once while stationed at Quantico Virginia. The prosecutor told the jury there was no justification for what mrs. Bobbitt did that she acted out of anger. Nevertheless mrs. bobbitt's attorney began laying the ground work for a battered woman defense. One witness. You'll hear will testify and they don't what she summer vacation it appeared to hurt as a little ramp it had been beaten wild animal. Complicating that defense is the fact that the bobbitt's we're going through a divorce at the time of the answer that. So prosecutors will argue that Lorena Bobbitt was in the process of getting out of whatever dangers she felt she was in. Al dale ABC news Manassas Virginia.

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