Court records show that a 32-year-old woman who was initially charged with murder in connection with the death of a 26-year-old man she dated for some time was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter this week. Prosecutors decided to reduce the charge from murder to involuntary manslaughter after state experts concluded that she was “acutely psychotic” following drug use. The tragic incident where the woman, identified as Bryn, stabbed the victim, identified as Chad, over 100 times took place several years ago while the woman was in a drug-induced state, as per reports.
At the time of the incident, Bryn felt like she was dead, and the only way to bring herself back to life was by killing her boyfriend. She then grabbed several knives and stabbed Chad in his apartment, using each of them numerous times, eventually inflicting 108 stab wounds before killing her dog, turning the knife on her, and injuring herself. Body-worn camera footage showed that at the time first responders got to the apartment, she was kneeling over the victim’s body, who was bleeding out, and cutting her neck. The officers shocked Bryn over and over again with a stun gun in order to make her drop the weapon, but she continued inflicting injuries on her body. The attempt to take her own life stopped after she got hit nine times by a police officer.
During the trial, both the defense and the state agreed that Bryn was experiencing a severe, drug-induced psychosis. Bryn’s own testimony, marked by visible scars and emotional distress, aligned with the prosecution’s description of her hallucinations and loss of memory after the initial attack. The jury deliberated for less than a day before convicting Bryn of involuntary manslaughter by an unlawful act.
In a surprising turn, Bryn, who had been out on bail since 2018, had her request for bail revocation denied by the judge. She now faces a maximum of four years in prison for the manslaughter charge, with the possibility of an extended sentence due to special circumstances allegations. The decision to dismiss the murder charge was met with shock by Chad’s family, who felt betrayed by the justice system.