Skooter reporting 09/19/12
An Everett woman Renee Bishop-McKean, 44, is on trial this week for supposedly trying to saw off her husband's head while he slept, and on Tuesday that man told the court what he saw when he woke up.
Renee Bishop-McKean went to great extents scheming and attempting to murder her husband. Before the October 2011 attack, she purportedly purchased plastic sheets, bleach and garbage bags.
The husband does not want to be named. He said it was his first night back home after separation and the nightmare started with his wife telling him to take and park the car down the street, not to park in front of the house. The wife’s request was unusual, but he said a lot of things were weird about that October night.
Bishop-Mckean tried to cut off her husband’s head with the use of Sawzall, a battery operated saw. However, before the blade touched his neck, the noise alerted him and he fought back. When that failed, she allegedly struck him with a hatchet and then a mallet, prosecutors said.
The husband testified that Renee came at him in the kitchen with the Sawzall raised up, they had a struggle over it. To make the Sawzall run, she kept pulling the trigger, so he reached out and pulled the battery out of it. The husband was brought to a hospital and was treated for cuts and scrapes. A cut to his arm needed seven stitches.
That night scuffle started in the dark and the woman blamed an intruder. Bishop-McKean told the police that a man must have come through their daughter’s bedroom window, but Everett police officer Timothy O’Mara told the court that the window had a childproof lock, and there were no footprints to make the scenario not possible.
O’Mara described the man was extremely upset, he was half naked up and he was bleeding from the right arm and scared.
Had the Sawzall been equipped with a sharper blade and the blade had been closer to the man’s throat when he awoke, he might not have lived to testify.
The Everett mother is charged with first-degree frustrated murder and first degree domestic violence assault in connection with the attack. Bishop-McKean also denied her husband a divorce.