Trial begins for actor accused of stabbing ex

VISTA, Calif. Malil is accused of stabbing exgirlfriend Kendra Beebe 23 times in 2008, after he found her drinking wine outside her San Marcos home with a male friend.

In opening statements Monday, a defense attorney said Shelley Malil didn't plan the attack and acted in self-defense.

The prosecutor says the friend managed to get control of the knife from Malil, threw it over a fence and ran to dial 911.

Malil allegedly grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and continued stabbing Beebe.

The Malil, 45, could face life in prison if convicted of attempted murder, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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