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Woman stabbed ex in front of kids

WADENA - A Wadena County jury deliberated less than three hours before returning three guilty verdicts against Christy Lynn Schilling of Little Falls for the stabbing of her ex-husband.

The three charges were first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Schilling was originally charged with an additional charge of second-degree attempted murder, but that crime was dismissed before the jury trial began Oct. 29.

According to court records, Schilling, 33, entered the home of her ex-husband, Eric Dewitt, on Jan. 13, 2008, and the two argued about Christmas, custody of the kids and Schilling's employment situation. When the argument escalated, Schilling stabbed and cut Dewitt with a utility knife in the laundry room in front of their kids. Photographs showed blood spatter and smears on the washing machine and the door.

A 911 call guided emergency responders to the scene on 135th Avenue near Sebeka. Emergency medical technicians brought Dewitt to the hospital. At one point during treatment, he stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated by emergency room personnel.

Schilling, still at the scene, denied cutting Dewitt with the blood-covered utility knife discovered at the scene, but told an officer she "didn't mean to do it." She was herself covered in blood on her T-shirt and jacket.

Dewitt had three six-inch lacerations to his chest.

A Wadena County jury was called in Oct. 29 and was given the case to deliberate at 2:11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. At 5:03 p.m. the same day, it returned with three guilty verdicts.

Sentencing has been set for Schilling for Dec. 30.