Shelley Malil guilty of murder bid
Published 17/09/2010 | 09:48
The 40-Year-Old Virgin actor Shelley Malil has been convicted of the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend in a knife attack.
Jurors in California also found Malil guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing Kendra Beebe more than 20 times during a violent quarrel at her San Marcos home in 2008.
He was acquitted of residential burglary.
He will be sentenced in November.
Beebe, 37, hugged her best childhood friend, who stood beside her at the court in San Diego County, where the judge read the verdict.
"I feel a sense of relief, but I have to be honest there is never a win in a situation like this," Beebe said. "I was afraid because he was an actor that the people might believe his bad theatrics. I am pleased to see the justice system did its job properly."
She said her body was covered in scars but she has been able to return to her favourite sport, surfing.
Indian-born Malil - who played Haziz, a co-worker of Steve Carell's character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin - faces 16 years to life in prison. He faced 21 years before being acquitted of residential burglary for entering the woman's home.
Defence lawyer Matthew Roberts told jurors there was no doubt Malil went too far when he picked up the kitchen knife after finding Beebe on her patio with another man, but that Malil never intended to kill Beebe. He said the two had a tumultuous relationship and described her as a violent drama queen who manipulated men and tried to make them jealous.
Malil was remanded to the San Diego County jail, where he will remain held without bail until his November 18 sentencing.