Wednesday, January 31, 2007
"It was all an accident -- honest!"
Stephenson, 44, took took the stand in his own defense, telling jurors that he accidentally burned the woman while trying to warm her up with a propane lantern.
Stephenson said that he and the woman were having sex inside the trashed-out home of his deceased grandmother when the incident happened. He said the house had no utilities and that he and the woman were freezing.
He told jurors he picked up a propane lantern - the home’s only light and heat source - and moved the flames up and down his own arms to warm them. He said the woman, who was mostly nude, asked him to warm her too. He said he was attempting to do so when liquid from the broken lantern dripped down her back.
Then why didn't you take her to the hospital, nimrod?
He said that when he saw the seriousness of her burns the next morning, he panicked.
"I got excited," he said. "I said, 'Oh my Gosh. Now I’m going to go to prison for the rest of my life.'"
Well, here's hoping your premonition was accurate, Mr. Stephenson. Here's hoping you are locked up for life.