Woman who became ‘acutely psychotic’ after smoking marijuana and then stabbed a man 108 times before trying to kill herself is convicted of involuntary manslaughter

A California woman who admittedly stabbed a man she briefly dated to death while in a drug-induced, dissociative fugue-like state was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

Bryn Spejcher, 32, ultimately did not contest that she killed Chad O’Melia, 26, by using multiple knives. The man was cut and pierced 108 times in his Thousand Oaks condo in the Conejo Valley, roughly 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at around 1 a.m. on Memorial Day 2018. That night, she also stabbed her dog, Arya, and tried to take her own life, but she was interrupted by law enforcement.

She was originally charged with murder, but prosecutors asked for a substantially lesser charge after the state’s expert determined Spejcher was “acutely psychotic” due to three successive hits of marijuana from a bong immediately before the violence.

Key to that finding was stabbing her beloved husky.

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