Jury convicts Duluth man of attempted murder in stabbing of pregnant girlfriend
The victim suffered more than a dozen wounds, including one that pierced her heart.
DULUTH — A man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend more than a dozen times while she slept has been found guilty of attempted murder.
A Duluth jury last week convicted Anthony Alton Holloway, 36, after a five-day trial stemming from the March attack at the couple's Kenwood apartment.
The 32-year-old victim told police at the time that "it felt like I was just some pin cushion" as Holloway lunged at her with the knife and told her that she was going to die. The couple's 1-year-old child was curled up next to the victim at the time, according to court documents.
The victim was initially hospitalized in critical condition and underwent multiple surgeries, but she and the unborn child survived.
The jury found Holloway guilty of both attempted intentional second-degree murder and child endangerment.
Judge Dale Harris ordered an investigation into Holloway's background ahead of sentencing Dec. 19. He is likely to face a substantial prison term, based both on the severity of the charge and an extensive criminal history.
According to court documents:
Multiple people, including Holloway himself, called 911 to report the stabbing inside an apartment building on Kenwood Avenue at approximately 5:15 a.m. March 2. Officers arrived on the scene and found the victim "bleeding profusely."
In a statement at St. Luke's hospital, the woman told investigators that she was asleep with the 1-year-old curled up to her abdomen when she awoke to Holloway stabbing her in the back. She said she tried to get away but Holloway began stabbing at the front of her body and threatening to kill her.
"The way he was coming at me (with the knife) I thought he wanted to kill me," she told police. "He kept lunging at me. It felt like I was just some pincushion."
The victim, who was two months pregnant, said Holloway would pause at times and look over some of her injuries before resuming stabbing. She was eventually able to get out of the apartment and seek help, at which point Holloway locked the apartment door with two children still inside.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested Holloway, who admitted responsibility to the 911 dispatcher. The children were located without injuries.
The victim told police she had seen Holloway place a knife in his pocket earlier in the day and confronted him about it, but he denied doing so. She said domestic violence had been a regular part of their relationship in the past two years, with Holloway having previously threatened her with a knife.
Doctors determined that the victim suffered approximately 13-15 stab wounds to her chest, neck and back, including one that pierced her heart. A prosecutor indicate that damage to her heart membrane could not be repaired during initial surgeries due to her pregnancy.
Holloway demanded a speedy trial, which was initially scheduled for August. But Harris later found good cause to postpone the matter to November, as medical professionals advised that the victim should not testify until three to four weeks after giving birth.
Court records show that Holloway has been convicted in four previous cases involving domestic assault or stalking. He has several other convictions on his record, including drug sales, first-degree burglary, fleeing a peace officer and impaired driving.
Holloway remained in the St. Louis County Jail on $750,000 bail while the matter was pending. Records show that he was transported Tuesday to the state prison system while awaiting sentencing.