Testimony reveals gruesome details in Bagshaw murder trial

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 2:40 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- New details in a murder trial concerning the last moments of a Jeffersonville mother's life. Her estranged husband is accused of stabbing her to death.

The medical examiner showed the jury of 11 women and three men graphic autopsy pictures. Kelly Bagshaw was stabbed 57 times, not 43 as first thought. Her family was filled with disgust.

Edward "Dale" Bagshaw is on trial. He's accused of murdering Kelly, his estranged wife, in front of their children.

"Why did he take her and their kids. They don't have a home or mother or father. I'm mad, I need to stop," Donna McDonald who is a family friend of the victim said.

Kelly suffered 19 stabs to her face and bruises to her arms which indicates she was being held. A single cut to the jugular vein in her neck caused her to bleed to death.

Dale Bagshaw's lawyer made an insanity plea and claims he was provoked in "sudden heat" by Kelly. He wants the murder charge reduced to manslaughter.

"There was a struggle over the cell phone as she had indicated and turned to obtain that cell phone when that type of injury occurred," William "Perry" McCall, Dale's attorney, said. 

It happened in Kelly's car in November last year when she showed up at Dale's apartment in the 1500 block of East 10th Street to pick up the children. Prosecution said she was in the driver's seat, while Dale was in the passenger seat. The murder weapon, a pocket knife. At least one of their children were watching from the apartment window.

"She was trying to fight for her life. She was being held for part of the time. It's important the jury understands it was a fight for her life," Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.

Four Jeffersonville detectives will take the stand later Thursday. The prosecution said he does not want the Bagshaws' children to testify.

If convicted, Dale Bagshaw could face 65 years in prison.

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