SAN MARCOS — At first, an actor’s brutal attack on his ex-girlfriend seemed just like a hug between friends, until the mother of two began screaming for her life, the victim’s friend testified Feb. 4 at a preliminary hearing in a Vista courtroom.
David Maldonado, a North County musician, said the attack was “very immediate.”
“She started squirming and screaming for help,” Maldonado said.
He said he had been at Kendra Beebe’s home on Shadetree Drive in San Marcos for approximately 15 minutes on Aug. 10, 2008, when Shelley Mathew Malil showed up unannounced wearing only shorts and shoes as he and Beebe talked on her back patio.
Maldonado, who dated Beebe a couple of years ago, said he didn’t see the kitchen knife Malil was wielding until after he intervened. After a brief struggle with the defendant for the knife, Maldonado said he disarmed Malil and threw the knife over the back fence. At that point, Maldonado said he called 911, but had to leave the residence to get Beebe’s street address.
Malil, 44, of Sherman Oaks, is charged with a single count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary stemming from the Aug. 10 attack against Beebe. Additional enhancements of premeditated attempted murder, personal use of a deadly weapon, and causing great bodily injury during an incident of domestic violence are attached to the attempted murder charge.
Beebe’s two children were home when the incident occured, but were upstairs at the time, according to witness testimony.
Following the daylong preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman ruled there was enough evidence to order Malil to stand trial on the aforementioned charges.
If convicted, he faces seven years to life in prison. Malil’s next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Feb. 19.
The actor turned himself in Aug. 11. He was arrested at the Oceanside Amtrak station after taking a train down from Los Angeles.
Beebe’s neighbor Charlton Lee testified he and his wife came to their neighbor’s aid after hearing her screams. “It was a cry for help,” he said.
Lee said when he looked over his retaining wall he could see someone chasing Beebe. Eventually, he said he found Beebe lying on a couch with Malil standing over her pointing a knife near Beebe’s abdomen and moving the weapon near her face and throat. Lee said when he got a better look, he realized Beebe’s chin was “almost completely severed off” and “blood was pouring from her neck.”
Malil, who was also covered in blood, told Lee that Beebe had tried to stab him. Minutes before fleeing the scene, Lee said Malil put down the knife, and then knelt down and put a pillow over Beebe’s face. Lee said after he intervened, Malil put down the pillow and told Lee to use it to help with the bleeding.
Sheriff’s Detective Paul Lacroix testified the knife Maldonado threw over the fence was the same brand as other knives found in Malil’s apartment. The second knife is believed to have come from Beebe’s kitchen, he said.
Beebe was treated for 23 stab wounds, Dr. Thomas Velky of Palomar Medical Center, testified. Three of the wounds, deep punctures to each lung and the other inches from the carotid artery, were life-threatening, he said.
Mail played a co-worker of Steve Carell’s title character in the film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” He also starred in a 2001 Super Bowl commercial for Budweiser and has had bit parts in dozens of TV shows including “ER” and “Seinfeld.”
In 2005, Malil was convicted of a misdemeanor hit-and-run while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court documents.
As for Beebe, in January 2008, a former associate filed a temporary restraining order against her for threatening behavior. However, a Superior Court judge eventually denied the request. Malil remains in custody in lieu of $3 million bail.