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Trial begins for actor accused of stabbing ex

August 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The attempted murder trial began Monday for actor Shelley Malil, who played co-worker Haziz to Steve Carell's character in the film comedy, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."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.