Butcher said Friday the pair had been sleeping in a bed inside her Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016, when he awoke to someone stabbing him in the throat.
He said it was dark and he couldn’t see who it was, and he was able to flip the person over and got ahold of the knife, and stabbed the person.
“I reached over and I turned on the lamp and the person that was beneath me was Kristin and she was dead,” Butcher, breaking down on the stand, told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury.
“I just killed her by accident, just not even knowing what’s going on.”
Butcher said he then tried to slit his wrist with the knife.
“I thought to myself, ‘I have to die too. I can’t live having killed someone,”‘ said Butcher, wearing a navy suit, white collared shirt and navy tie with diagonal stripes.