Man still ‘in love’ with ex after she slashed him with samurai sword
First she stuck by the man who attacked her with a broken wine glass — now the man she hacked up with a samurai sword is standing by Karla Barba.
The former flame of disgraced pol Hiram Monserrate and her current fiance are still in love, her attorney told Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday — as prosecutors detailed how she sliced him up then allegedly left him to die in a pool of blood in 2016.
Love-lorn victim Franklin Larrea survived the bloodbath, and amazingly was waiting outside the courtroom as the trial of fiancee Barba began — even though the couple, who share a young daughter, aren’t allowed to communicate about anything other than their kid due to an order of protection over the incident.
But defense attorney Stacey Richman said the two are still wild for each other, despite their “accident.”
“They were and remain in love with one another,” Richman said during her opening statement, arguing Barba didn’t realize the samurai sword was more than “decorative” when she hit her beau with it during a row in their Jackson Heights home — and then didn’t realize how serious his injuries were.
“Love can hurt but there is love here. There is no crime and at the end of this trial there will be but one verdict. Not guilty.”
Prosecutors, however, laid out a far more gruesome scenario, in which Barba “intentionally and brutally” slashed Larrea with the blade — then left him bleeding out while his 12-year-old son desperately called 911 and tried to save his dad.
“She walked past the blood in the apartment, shut the door and did nothing to help,” said Queens Assistant District Attorney Mary Kate Quinn.
“Right next to that samurai sword, the defendant’s phone, the jewel encrusted case — a phone she couldn’t even bother to pick up to call 911 when [he] was on the verge of death.”
Quinn alleged Barba first hit Larrea’s arm, slicing “through layers of skin through muscle with enough force to sever arteries” — then “decided that first deadly cut wasn’t enough” and laded a second cut that was so deep “the skin on [Larrea’s] wrist flapped over, opened up [so] that the bone was exposed.”
While Barba left the scene, Larrea’s terrified son called 911, roused neighbors — and later even gave up his shirt to medics so they could stem the bleeding, Quinn said.
“Make no mistake about it. This defendant nearly killed her husband that day,” she said.
Larrea’s loyalty in the face of assault mirrors Barba’s own in 2008, after her then-boyfriend Monserrate was arrested in 2008 for cutting her face with a broken glass.
The then-state senator left her with 20 stitches and a black eye, and was captured on tape dragging her bleeding through his apartment lobby by her hair — but Barba stuck by him, testifying that it was an accident.
Larrea is facing charges of assault, attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
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