LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A former exotic dancer who worked as a body piercer stabbed her boyfriend 39 times during an act of bondage sex, prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys said Tuesday that 28-year-old Anastazia M. Schmid killed Tony W. Heathcote during a psychotic episode when he asked her to pretend to be a little girl, just two days after she learned he had been accused of molesting her 6-year-old daughter.
Schmid could face up to 65 years in prison if convicted of murder and six other felony charges stemming from the March 4, 2001 attack.
During opening arguments in Tippecanoe Superior Court, Prosecutor Jerry Bean said that Schmid, a diagnosed schizophrenic, had her mental illness under control in the weeks before 28-year-old Heathcote's death.
Bean said Schmid tied Heathcote to their bed during sex, blindfolded him and stabbed him to death with what police said was a dagger-like knife. Heathcote had broken some of the bonds in an apparent effort to defend himself, Bean said.
Two days before the attack, Bean said Schmid's mother had told her that Heathcote was alleged to have molested Schmid's daughter.
Hennessy, who plans an insanity defense, said Schmid became violent during a psychotic episode when Heathcote asked her to play out a sexual fantasy in which he was the "daddy" and she was the "little girl."
In addition to guilty or not guilty, jurors will have the option of finding Schmid not responsible by reason of insanity or guilty but mentally ill.
Schmid and Heathcote, who also was an exotic dancer, operated a tattoo and body piercing business in the western Indiana city. Authorities said she also was studying phlebotomy at Ivy Tech State College.