According to The Lowell Sun, nineteen year old Brianna Cameron from Lowell Massachusetts was arrested after her boyfriend, twenty-one year old Zachary Ramsdell, told police that she stabbed him. The Police indicated that Cameron allegedly stabbed Ramsdell with a kitchen knife during an argument. Ramsdell was transported to Saints Medical Center in Lowell Massachusetts. Apparently, he suffered a cut to the left side of his torso and scratches on his neck and back. It is not believed that the injuries were life threatening.
Cameron was arraigned in the Lowell District Court and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. If the case remains in the Lowell District Court the potential penalty that Cameron will face is up to two and one half years in jail.
Based on the facts of this case, one possible defense that Camerson may assert is that she acted in self-defense. Although Cameron apparently did not have any visible signs of physical injury, that is not the only factor to be examined when this type of defense is asserted. In order to establish that an individual appropriately acted in self defense, the defendant must have reasonably believed that he or she was being attacked or was immediately about to be attacked, and that his or her personal safety was in immediate danger. He or she must also have done everything that was reasonable in the circumstances to avoid physical combat before resorting to force. Finally, for the defendant to have acted in self-defense, he must have used no more force than was reasonably necessary in the circumstances to defend himself or herself. Furthermore, in addition to the fact that the government must prove the elements of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon beyond a reasonable doubt, it must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self defense. The fact that the defendant did not have any physical injuries is not dispositive of whether he or she acted in self defense.