Virginia Beach Police Department
A 38-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., woman was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in the screwdriver death of her 65-year-old male roommate, Fox News reports.
The body was found with 40 to 50 stab wounds on March 16, 2017, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
Nicole Foxx borrowed $50 from her roommate, Richard Bielitz, earlier to buy cocaine, and had gone back to his room to get more.
During her trial, Foxx admitted killing the 65-year-old man on March 16, 2017, but claimed it was self-defense. She said she stabbed him after he held the screwdriver to her throat and tried to sexually assault her. She had initially denied any involvement.
Foxx said they were sitting on the bed, and she had started to rub Bielitz’s back, when he forced himself on her. She said she wrestled the screwdriver away and stabbed him to get away. Before fleeing from the room, she said, she took the money he had offered her for the massage.
Judge A. Bonwill Shockley determined there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Foxx of murder, adding that 40-plus stab wounds was “a little bit much for a self-defense case.”
Prosecutors argued that Foxx wanted to steal the roommate’s money so should could buy drugs.
Police photos showed she had and injury to her neck and bruises on her legs, thighs and breasts.
Foxx could get 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in July, versus the 40 years she could have gotten on a murder conviction, the newspaper reported.