- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - A former soldier testified she was 2-months pregnant when her sister and her sister’s boyfriend held her down and stabbed her in the living room of her Hawaii home.

Casey Ann Jones described the 2013 attack Wednesday during a trial against her sister, Jessica Lee Hinebaugh, and boyfriend, Michael Ayala.

Jones told the jury that at one point during the ordeal, Ayala said the knife they were using was too dull. While fighting for her life on the living room floor of her Mililani home, Jones said her assailants kissed.

The apparent motive for the attack was Hinebaugh’s resentment that Jones left home as a teenager, leaving Hinebaugh to suffer in an abusive environment, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper (https://ow.ly/JYE5I) reported.

Her sister kept telling her, “You know I love you,” but at one point said she hated her, Jones recalled. “You know you broke every promise you made,” Jones said her sister told her. “You left me when I was a kid.”

Ayala hit Jones multiple times with a bat, Jones said.

Jones said she begged them to spare her and her baby and promised to give them anything they wanted. They demanded tickets to Miami, which Jones purchased online as Hinebaugh held a knife to her, Jones testified.

Jones’ husband, Ryan Jones, testified earlier that when he came home, neither his wife nor his sister-in-law offered an explanation of what was going on. When Hinebaugh left the home, they headed to a hospital, he said. On the way there, his wife lifted her shirt, exposing two stab wounds on her back, he said.

One of the stab wound punctured Jones’ kidney. She gave birth in May.

State sheriff deputies stopped Hinebaugh and Ayala on Oct. 7 at Honolulu Airport.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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