Witnesses take stand in attempted murder trial

By Kelly McCarthy

Witnesses take stand in attempted murder trial

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The prosecution begins its case in the attempted murder trial of a Binghamton man.

A Broome County jury heard the prosecution's opening statement and began to hear witness testimony.

Ralph Townsend, 54 years old, is accused of trying to stab his girlfriend to death.

The defense chose not to give an opening statement.

In August of 2012, police responded to an apartment at 6 Miles Street. There, they found Townsend on top of his girlfriend and stabbing her repeatedly.

Police shot Townsend twice in the back to stop him.

Eileen Montagno, 39 years old, was rushed to the hospital and survived the attack.

Townsend is also charged with assault and possession of a weapon.