NEWPORT — Opening arguments were delayed for nearly an hour Wednesday in the second day of a trial for Anthony Buccella in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
A second, alternate juror had to be called in after the individual originally selected to serve as the alternate juror on the 12-person jury wrote a note to the court, stating she felt she could not remain objective throughout the course of the trial. Judge Sheryl Bachart is overseeing the proceedings.
Buccella, of Yachats, is charged with several felonies, including attempted murder, assault in the second degree, burglary in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon.
Buccella allegedly broke into the home of his former girlfriend in the 200 block of Lemwick Lane in Yachats on March 16, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a report.
Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Cable spoke first during opening arguments, saying this was a case of jealousy, rage and a relationship.
Cable outlined in detail how Buccella allegedly proceeded to gain access to the woman's home after stabbing at the metal front door of the residence with an 11-inch commando-type knife, kicking the door in and chasing the victim throughout the home.
He said the woman, wearing only her bathrobe, made her way to the home’s small bathroom and used her body to help keep the hollow core door to the bathroom closed.
After allegedly stabbing and punching his way through the door, Buccella stabbed the woman with the knife, resulting in a one-inch wound on her right elbow.
Defense attorney Kathryn Benfield gave a different version of the incident, saying Buccella ended up stabbing the woman with the tip of his knife while he was stabbing at the bathroom door.
She added that he willingly turned the knife over to the woman. He additionally rubbed his blood-covered face against the woman's face and said something to the effect of, “Now our blood can mingle."
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