After ‘accidentally’ stabbing his yoga girlfriend, Butcher said he tried to kill himself by amputating his right hand

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HALIFAX — Nicholas Butcher has told his second-degree murder trial that he fatally stabbed Montreal-born yoga instructor Kristin Johnston by accident.

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.


Halifax yoga instructor Kristin Johnston (right) and Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman are shown in a handout photo. A Halifax jury has heard from a friend of the man accused of killing Kristin Johnston, who says he was hanging out with Nicholas Butcher the night before the Montreal-born yoga instructor was found dead in her home.

The Canadian Press

“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.

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