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Woman accused of murder testifies that she was too drunk

05/17/2013 05:16 EDT | Updated 07/17/2013 05:12 EDT
A woman accused of repeatedly beating and stabbing a 69-year-old man in his home has told a courtroom that she can't recall what happened on the night of the murder because she was too intoxicated.

Linda Lavoie, 47, testified Friday that she was highly intoxicated on March 25, 2010, the night that Damien Roberge was found dead in his apartment in Quebec City. He had been stabbed 17 times.

During a videotaped interview with police the day after the incident, Lavoie had said she killed Roberge in a fit of anger and because of his lack of respect.

In her testimony Friday morning, Lavoie recalled that when she was being interviewed by police, she realized what she had done and admitted she killed Roberge.

Lavoie's lawyer Réjean Lavoie asked that the murder charges be reduced to manslaughter because his client was too drunk. He said he intends to show that Lavoie, who admits that she was an alcoholic and drug user, had not planned to commit murder, Radio-Canada reported.

Originally from Montreal, Lavoie said that she met Roberge through a friend and was staying with him because she had nowhere else to go. She testified that the two would get drunk together and that she would sometimes become aggressive with him.

She admitted that they often fought with each other and recalls a time when she punched him in the face.

Lavoie said that Roberge was also aggressive, claiming that he threatened to kill her on several occasions and once threw a full beer bottle at her.

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