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A Woman Stabbed Her Boyfriend 108 Times After Smoking Pot and Becoming 'Possessed.' Now, She Only Has to Serve Probation for the Slaying.

California Woman Fatally Stabbed Boyfriend During Drug-Induced Psychosis
Source: Ventura County District Attorney's Office; Unsplash

Bryn Spejcher stabbed her boyfriend and her dog after smoking weed.

Jan. 24 2024, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A woman in California got a slap on the wrist during her sentencing after she was found guilty of fatally stabbing her boyfriend before plunging the weapon into her own neck during a marijuana-induced psychosis, according to officials.

On May 27, 2018, Bryn Spejcher, 32, went to the Thousand Oaks home of Chad O’Melia, and they each took multiple bong hits of marijuana, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

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After smoking, officials said Spejcher experienced Cannabis-Induced Psychotic Disorder.

During the episode, Spejcher stabbed her boyfriend and herself multiple times. She also stabbed her dog, according to the Ventura County Star.

The following day, police responded to the apartment and found O’Melia “in a pool of blood” and Spejcher “screaming hysterically with a knife still in her hands,” officials said.

Officers attempted to disarm Spejcher, but she “plunged the knife into her own neck," police said. Officers then tased Spejcher and hit her with a baton in order to take the knife, according to authorities.

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During the incident, Spejcher reportedly suffered stab wounds to her face, neck and right jugular vein, which required surgery.

O’Melia was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining stab wounds to his head, face, neck, chest, hands, arms and organs.


Spejcher was initially charged with murder, but prosecutors lowered the charge to involuntary manslaughter due to the psychosis she had experienced, the Ventura County Star reported.

Body cam footage from police was obtained and prosecutors said Spejcher appeared “possessed.”

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Psychologist Kris Mohandie said Spejcher stabbing “her own beloved dog, without any evidence of animal cruelty tendencies, is highly inconsistent with her love of dogs, and underscores her level of impairment,” the Ventura County Star reported.

On Dec. 1, 2023, the prosecutors announced a jury found Spejcher guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with O’Melia’s death. The two had been dating a few weeks before the fatal attack occurred.

"This was a hard-fought case where the victim’s family had to wait a long time for justice and I am grateful for the jury’s verdict," Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Audry Nafziger said.

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On Jan. 23, Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Worley ruled that Spejcher “had no control over her actions” when she entered into a psychotic episode and stabbed O’Melia, the Ventura County Star reported.

Because of that, Judge Worley sentenced Spejcher to two years’ probation and she was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service after being found guilty of killing her new boyfriend.


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