BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Opening statements have begun in the trial of a man accused of beating his girlfriend a baseball bat on Valentine's Day.
Louis Christal is charged with attempted second degree murder after police arrested him February 2015.
Christal's "on-again-off-again" girlfriend called the police in the early morning of Valentine's Day 2015 after Christal allegedly accused her of seeing another man. Reports say the victim did not want to argue, so she ignored Christal and went to the bathroom to take a bath.
According to the BRPD, Christal entered the bathroom and demanded to see her cell phone. When the victim said she didn't have it with her, Christal allegedly left the bathroom and came back with a baseball bat.
Reports say Christal began beating the victim with the bat as she sat in the bathtub. The victim says she had to raise her arms to keep her attacker from hitting her in the head with the bat.
According to police, at some point during the attack, Christal supposedly attacked his victim with a knife. The victim was eventually able to escape the apartment sometime thereafter.
An investigator noticed "obvious" injuries to the victim's wrist and forearms. According to reports, she also had a three inch deep cut to her right shoulder, which police say could have been caused by a sharp weapon. She was then transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital for treatment.
When police contacted Christal, he said the victim actually attacked him with the baseball bat, but police were unable to find any injuries on Christal.
After the incident, an officer inspecting the bathtub noted the bathtub water was stained with blood. The officer found the baseball bat on the floor, but was unable to find a knife.