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Jury may begin deliberations in assault trial of actor from 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'

September 14, 2010 |  8:27 am

Closing arguments and possible jury deliberations are set for Tuesday in the trial of actor Shelley Malil, accused of stabbing an ex-girlfriend 20 times in a fit of jealousy.

Malil, best known for his supporting role in the movie "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," told a jury in Vista Superior Court on Monday that he does not remember stabbing Kendra Beebe although he does remember lashing out with a knife after a confrontation with a man in the backyard of Beebe's home in San Marcos.

Malil, 43, of Sherman Oaks is charged with unpremeditated attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary. He could face up to 21 years in prison.

Prosecutors allege that he brought a kitchen knife with him when he showed up uninvited at Beebe's home.

Beebe, 35, an insurance broker and mother of two, testified that when Malil approached her, she thought he was going to give her a hug and instead he stabbed her.

During the trial, former co-workers of Beebe testified that the night before the Aug. 10, 2008, stabbing, Malil e-mailed them pictures of him and Beebe having sex.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego