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Witnesses testify on evidence found following alleged murder attempt

The weapon used to cut Susan Wallace’s throat may have been an ax, according to evidence presented by the prosecution Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

On day three of testimony in Fred Engel’s attempted murder trial, firefighters and a camper testified to finding Fred Engel’s cell phone and flares in a burning pile of leaves, along with a fireman’s ax and a hatchet on the morning of May 7, 2005.

The pile was located just outside the Long Ravine Campground in Colfax a few hours after Wallace was attacked with a cutting weapon and her home was set ablaze with gasoline and flares.

Earlier Thursday, Wallace testified that Engel attacked her with a weapon he used with a two-handed sawing motion as he backed her up against a wall in her home.

She likened the attack to an “attempted decapitation.”

“I never saw the weapon,” she said. “I just felt it.”

Wallace said she did not look at the weapon as Engel came toward her, but said he took it out of something that appeared to be a canvas or cloth cover, and the end of the weapon appeared to have red on it.

The ax found at the campground, shown in a picture to the jury, was red on one end.

For more on this story, see Friday’s The Union.

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