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Woman accused of fatally stabbing ex-boyfriend testifies

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin woman accused of fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend says she was afraid he was going to kill her.

Ezra McCandless took the witness stand in her own defense on Monday. The 22-year-old McCandless testified she and Alex Woodworth got stuck in the mud while driving to a country road and that he began cutting her clothing and pricking her skin with a knife.

KARE-TV reports McCandless testified she kneed Woodworth in the groin — causing him to drop the knife, which she picked up. She says Woodworth grabbed her, and she started “stabbing him anywhere and everywhere I could.”

McCandless is accused of stabbing Alex Woodworth 16 times, killing him in the backseat of her car in March 2018.

Prosecutors will continue to cross-examine McCandless on Tuesday.

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