Man appears in court in alleged machete attack on his wife

first_imgA Vancouver man is accused of attacking his wife early Saturday morning with a machete — severing three of her fingers, fracturing her skull and potentially leaving her blind in one eye — after the woman told him she wanted to end their relationship.Samuel L. Laughlin, 28, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief, all domestic violence-related. Judge John Fairgrieve set his bail at $1 million. Laughlin, who has no prior criminal history, will be arraigned June 21.According to an affidavit of probable cause, Laughlin and his wife, Meghan Moss, 28, married in 2010 but have been having marital issues lately. On Friday, Moss went out with a friend and told Laughlin she’d call him at midnight if she wasn’t home by then. She forgot to call, though, and Laughlin started texting her two minutes later accusing her of cheating on him.Laughlin told Moss to “answer your phone or I’m coming down there, and I’m going to murder (the friend) for holding you captive,” the affidavit reads.Moss called Laughlin, and they started to argue. He continued to accuse her of infidelity, despite her denials. An enraged Laughlin then used a machete to destroy Moss’ computer and a flat screen television in their bedroom, court records say.last_img

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