MINNEAPOLIS (CBS/AP) Minneapolis resident Billy Nash has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his wife 70 times in the head and chest.
The fatal attack came to an end when his 13-year-old daughter pulled him away, disarmed him, and fled with the bloody knife, said police.
Nash, 46, is currently being held on $1 million bail and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A week prior to this deadly incident, Nash had been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly kicking and slapping his wife and dragging her by the hair after she refused to have sex with him.
Judge Regina Chu had released Billy Nash on the condition that he not contact his wife, Pauline Nash. She permitted the conditional release because Billy Nash was a first- time offender as far as domestic assault convictions.
Two days after Nash was released from Hennepin County jail, he allegedly violated the no contact order and killed the mother of their six children.
"He shouldn't have been out. If he just got done abusing her, why would you let (him) out of jail two-three days later?" says Brittany Nash, 18. "That doesn't make any sense to me."
Brittany Nash called 911 on Friday around 3 a.m. after she heard her mother screaming for her life in her parents' bedroom. She rushed into her mother's room and found her father viciously attacking her, a criminal complaint said. Then her 13-year-old sister sprung into action. According to the complaint, the girl removed her father from her mother, grabbed the murder weapon, and fled the scene.
Minneapolis police arrived at the apartment and rushed Pauline Nash to the hospital, reports WCCO, but their attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
When questioned about the altercation, Billy Nash told investigators, "I'm sorry, sergeant, that you had to come here tonight for this...She was driving me crazy...I killed the (expletive)," the report said.
He then went on to say he was angry at the way his wife was handling their finances and as the argument intensified, he grabbed a paring knife and repeatedly stabbed her, court documents reveal.
As police led him away he looked at his children but said nothing, Brittany Nash said.
After the incident, Chief Hennepin County Judge James Swenson released a statement defending Chu's decision to release Billy Nash.
"Judge Chu has spent much of her judicial career working on the issue of domestic violence," Swenson said. "She cares passionately about protecting victims of domestic violence, and for her, the death of this mother is a particularly sad and tragic occurrence."
Brittany Nash wants people to remember her mother, a personal-care attendant, as a loving, caring soul who treated others as she wanted to be treated.