Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Plano woman sentenced to eight years for stabbing ex in back
She recorded their conflict with her phone ... and then left it at the scene.
PLANO Julia Decatur-Schrader, 40, of Plano, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for stabbing her ex-husband in the back.
On September 25, 2011, Decatur-Schrader unwittingly audio-recorded her own crime. She had been temporarily residing with her ex-husband, Scott Schrader, after relocating back to Texas and became angry with him after he requested she leave the residence.
Decatur-Schrader's 13-year-old daughter testified she had seen her mother carrying a "crazy knife" earlier in the evening, and that she had threatened to stab her ex-husband. While Schrader was in his apartment complex courtyard with his brother, Decatur-Schrader entered the courtyard and secretly activated her cell phone microphone and placed the phone on one of the courtyard tables.
Decatur-Schrader then charged at Schrader and began beating him on his face and head, cutting his scalp with her hands. Witnesses on a nearby balcony testified Schrader did not fight back, but ducked and tried to cover his face. When the witnesses threatened to call the police, Decatur-Schrader stopped and started to walk away.
Seconds later, while Schrader had his arms spread out looking up to the witnesses to confirm they had seen him not fight back, Decatur-Schrader unexpectedly turned and quickly ran back to Schrader, who had his back turned toward her. She raised a knife and stabbed him directly in his back.
Decatur-Schrader immediately fled the scene, with her daughter in tow, but left her phone on the table in the courtyard. Plano police quickly apprehended her and obtained a warrant for the phone, which contained audio of the incident. Prosecutors played the recording for the jury so it could hear in real-time exactly how the crime happened.
Schrader was taken to Medical Center of Plano and treated for the stab wound. Decatur-Schrader was charged with aggravated assault.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Lauren Hopkins and Cynthia Walker prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kenneth Moore.
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