CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 16 times was found guilty of lesser charges by a Linn County jury late Tuesday, following a week long trial.
Shaheed Pendleton, 33, of Cedar Rapids, originally charged with attempted murder, was found guilty of willful injury causing serious injury, assault with intent to inflict serious injury and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon (domestic abuse). He faces up to 12 years in prison. Sentencing hasn’t been set at this time.
Pendlton stabbed Racquel Truax, 30, formerly of Cedar Rapids and now living in Georgia, 16 times in her head, chest, abdomen, both sides, arms and back during an argument while both had been drinking and using drugs Oct. 14, 2011. Doctors during the trial testified Truax was lucky to be alive. She lost a large amount of blood and one of the wounds resulted in a life threatening injury to her aorta and main vein near her chest.
Truax told the jury she and Pendleton had broken up several months before the incident but they shared a home and had two children together. Truax said Pendleton was angry with her that day and was jealous when she invited two men over. She said Pendleton came at her with his arms swinging and she initially thought he was going to hit her. It all happened quickly and she didn’t realize until she looked down and saw blood drops on the floor that he had stabbed her.
Pendleton took the stand and said he didn’t stab her. He claimed an unknown man was in the house arguing with Truax when he awoke from a nap. The man cut him when he tried to intervene and then stabbed her.
Pendleton had three minor wounds to his chest but police never determined who cut him.
One witness said she saw Pendleton stab Truax and two others said they came downstairs afterwards and found Truax with stab wounds and called 911.
Police questioned Pendleton about the unknown man and Pendleton told them he knew who assaulted them but wouldn’t tell police, according to testimony.