Joseph O'Brien 7 p.m., Aug. 31
Guilty Plea From Escondido Stabber
Alexander John Twedt, 29, pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted murder and causing great bodily injury.
A year ago, in the early morning hours of May 30 2011, Twedt reportedly stabbed his lover in the neck as he lay in bed in Twedt’s rented room.
At a preliminary hearing in June 2011, the victim testified they had been dating five weeks before the attack. That evening they had watched a movie and shared a watermelon after dinner, and the victim said Twedt cut the melon with the same knife he later plunged into his boyfriend’s neck. The two had words after the transgender boyfriend found paperwork about a prior assault Twedt had committed in Nevada in 2005, the victim said. After five stitches and five days in hospital, the victim was released.
The woman who owned the home on Cherry Place in Escondido had rented a room to Twedt just 28 days prior to the confrontation, and she was the one who phoned 911.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe signed the plea deal in which Twedt expects to get 16 years in state prison when he is sentenced August 20, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.
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