By Kim Wilhelm
6:15 PM CDT, June 18, 2012
SALINA, Saline County
A woman who survived seventeen stab wounds testifies in a murder case against her brother-in-law. Michael "Andy" Paulson faces murder and attempted murder charges for the death of his wife, Valerie, and the attempted murder of his sister-in-law, Jessie Putman in 2010. Putman took the stand Monday.
She testified Andy and Valerie had martial problems. Putman described how she and Valerie returned to the couples home and thought they were alone. Putman says she got a phone call and stepped outside. That's when she testified she heard Valerie screaming. When Putman ran inside, she says Andy was waiting for her and started attacking her with a knife. Investigators would later find Valerie's body in the bathtub. She died from nineteen stab wounds.
Putman was able to escape the Assaria home and drive to Salina. She says she went more than 100 miles per hour and had a difficult time turning on the vehicle because of her injuries. She stopped at a Lowe's to get help. Jurors saw surveillance video of her getting out of the vehicle and collapsing inside the store. At that time, Putman told people at the store she thought her sister-in-law was dead and Andy Paulson was responsible.
Paulson's defense attorney doesn't deny the attacks. But he says the crimes were not premeditated. The trial is expected to take two weeks.
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