An actor who appeared in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” has been charged with attempted murder after his girlfriend was stabbed more than 20 times, authorities said.
Shelley Malil, 43, remained in custody on $2 million bail after he was taken into custody on Aug. 11, 2008, as he left a train in Oceanside, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.
He was charged August 11 with attempted murder with special circumstances of premeditation, causing great bodily injury and using a deadly weapon, said Deputy District Attorney Steven Carver.
Malil was scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 13, 2008, in Vista, north of San Diego, said Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on all counts.
Authorities confirmed the victim’s identity as Kendra Beebe. According to her Facebook page, she is a 35-year-old mother of two who works as an insurance broker in Carlsbad, a coastal suburb of San Diego.
She was listed in critical condition on Aug. 11, 2008, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said she had no update on Beebe’s condition as of August 12.
Eve Salony, who lives across the street from Beebe, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Beebe was having dinner with a date in her back yard when Malil showed up and “got into the initial scuffle” with Beebe’s date. Salony said the date “got scared and he ran over here. He was bleeding.”
Chuck Lee, 32, who lives next door to Beebe, told the Union-Tribune that he was watching TV when he heard Beebe screaming and went to help.
Lee said he saw a man with a knife on Beebe’s front patio, restraining the woman.
“I kept telling him, ‘You don’t want to do this,'” Lee said. He said the man kept saying, “Look at what she did to me.”
A woman who answered the phone at Beebe’s office declined to comment to The Associated Press.
Malil’s agent, Mark Measure, also declined to comment.
“Malil and the victim had apparently been in a dating relationship which recently ended,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a prepared statement.
Malil starred in the Budweiser “What are you doing?” commercial that aired during the 2001 Super Bowl, a spinoff of the “Whassup” spots from the year before. He played a co-worker, Haziz, to comedian Steve Carell’s title character in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and has appeared in dozens of TV shows including “NYPD Blue” and “Scrubs.”
He had taken the train from Los Angeles to meet his attorney, who has joined the actor’s family members and friends in persuading him to turn himself in, deputies said.
Deputies found the victim on the night of Aug. 10, 2008, while responding to reports of screams for help and breaking glass in San Marcos, about 15 miles east of Oceanside.
Malil, who lives in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary and booked into the county’s Vista Detention Center, the statement said.
Attempts to identify and reach his attorney for comment were unsuccessful.
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