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Simpson Trial

Developments Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson trial: A man obsessed. Prosecution portrays Simpson as a man so obsessed with his ex-wife he killed her so no one else could have her. TV unplugged. Judge halts TV coverage because an image of an alternate juror was inadvertently shown. What's next? Media to argue for resumption of coverage today. Defense opening statements.

Woman Charged In Stabbing

A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the leg was charged Monday with aggravated battery. Phyllis C. Cutler, 38, is accused of stabbing Steve L. Huntley, 36, with a 10-inch hunting knife during a domestic dispute Saturday in Kellogg, according to Shoshone County records.The two were staying at a house on South Division Street in Kellogg.

Prisoner Stabs Wife; Officer Shoots Inmate

A Clallam Bay Prison officer shot an inmate who was stabbing his wife with a kitchen knife during a conjugal visit, officials say. Todd E. Hiivala, 29, a convicted murderer, and his wife, Heather, were treated at Forks (Wash.) Community Hospital after Saturday night's attack and shooting outside a conjugal-visit trailer. Both were transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Hiivala, who was shot once in the right shoulder, was in stable condition, prison spokeswoman Patricia Woolcock said Sunday. His wife, who was stabbed in the arms, neck and face, was in serious condition. Clallam County sheriff's investigators and prison officials gave this account: Heather Hiivala ran out of the trailer about 9:45 p.m., screaming that her husband was trying to kill her. She had been stabbed with a 10-inch kitchen knife. A prison officer in a tower overlooking the trailer fired several warning shots and ordered Hiivala to move away from his wife. When Hiivala refused, the officer shot him once in the right shoulder, knocking him to the ground.Corrections officers arrived and restrained the man. The inmate and his wife then were transported separately to the hospital. Woolcock said Hiivala, imprisoned since 1991, was serving consecutive sentences for convictions in Clark County of one count of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He was due to be released in 2049. Hiivala qualified for what the state Department of Corrections calls "extended family visits." The conjugal-visit trailers are equipped with cooking knives, one of which was used in the assault, Woolcock said. Prison officials will review the policy of having knives available, she said.

Woman Accused Of Stabbing Man

A Boise construction worker was in stable condition Sunday after being stabbed, allegedly by a woman described as his longtime girlfriend. About 6 p.m. Saturday, Kellogg police responded to an emergency call at a home at 416 South Division Street. There, they found Steve L. Huntley, 36, with "stab wounds to the lower extremities," according to a police press release. He was taken by ambulance to Shoshone Medical Center in Kellogg, where he remained in the intensive care unit Sunday. Kellogg police arrested Phyllis C. Cutler, 38, of Wallace, for alleged aggravated battery. On Sunday, she was being held at the Shoshone County Jail in Wallace, pending arraignment today. Derrell Buell, who lives at the home, said Huntley bled profusely from stab wounds in the upper thigh. The two, he said, were a couple. "They'd been going together five or six years," he said. The two recently arrived from Boise to visit friends in the Silver Valley, Buell said. They were staying at his home.

Police Charge Man With Felony Rape

A 34-year-old man accused of attacking his girlfriend was charged with felony rape Friday. Coeur d'Alene Police arrested William W. Leschke Thursday afternoon. A 27-year-old woman told investigators that Leschke came into her bedroom earlier that day and assaulted her. Although the woman told Leschke to stop, he didn't, according to a police report. The woman told police that Leschke punched her in the face several times after assaulting her. She said he cut the telephone wire so she could not call police. Eventually, a friend came and took him away. Leschke is being held at the Kootenai County Jail.

Records From Women’s Shelter Subpoenaed

Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial subpoenaed records from a battered women's shelter that may have served Simpson's slain ex-wife, according to court papers filed Friday. Sojourn Domestic Violence Center would not comment on whether it had given aid to Nicole Brown Simpson, and it resisted turning over the records, asking for a private hearing before the judge first. The Dec. 30 subpoena on the Santa Monica shelter sought notes, reports, medical records, diagnoses, appointments or calls for help from Nicole Simpson from 1977 (the year she met Simpson), to the day of her death last June.