Murrieta Jury Convicts Temecula Man of Stabbing Jogger in Random Attack

According to the prosecutor, Kurt Smallen targeted the victim in a rage after an intense verbal altercation with his mother. That victim was hospitalized for five days and underwent surgery, requiring more than 50 staples to close her wounds.

Kurt Alexander Smallen.  Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Kurt Alexander Smallen. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A Temecula man who stabbed and slashed a jogger in an unprovoked attack that nearly ended her life was convicted Monday of attempted murder.

A Murrieta jury deliberated about two days before finding 21-year-old Kurt Alexander Smallen guilty of the February 2012 attack on a mother of three whom prosecutors allege he intended to kill.

"He was going for her heart with that knife," Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Marcus Garrett told City News Service. "The wounds he inflicted were life-threatening."

Along with the attempted murder count, Smallen was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

He's expected to be sentenced to 11 years to life in prison by Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez on March 14.

According to the prosecutor, Smallen targeted the victim, a 36-year-old Temecula woman whose name was withheld, in a rage after an intense verbal altercation with his mother.

Smallen, then 19, had returned home after a failed quest to achieve success as a college baseball player.

"He had been playing since he was 4 years old. He was married to the sport. That was his whole life," Garrett said.

The Chaparral High School graduate won a scholarship to Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., where he pitched one season, losing 21 of 22 games, according to Garrett.

"When he got home, there was quite a bit of stress," the prosecutor said. "He had to live by his parents' rules. There was a curfew, no use of tobacco -- that kind of thing."

On Feb. 2, 2012, tensions boiled over, leading to a sharp exchange between Smallen and his mother, after which the defendant stormed out of the house.

According to sheriff's investigators, Smallen took a 3-inch lock-blade knife with him, heading into the Meadow View community, at the center of Temecula.

Another woman reported being stalked by the defendant for nearly an hour as she took a leisurely stroll. But according to investigators, when the 6- foot-2, 170-pound Smallen spotted the victim jogging toward him, he fixed his attention on her instead.

Smallen took out his knife, slashing and stabbing the victim, puncturing both her breasts and piercing her liver, according to the prosecution.

The attack abruptly ended when a bicyclist rode up and confronted Smallen, who turned and ran.

"The guy on the bike was a good Samaritan who helped save the victim's life," Garrett said. "He just happened to be training as an EMT."

Three men bicycling nearby witnessed the attack and chased Smallen down, surrounding and detaining him until deputies arrived.

According to Garrett, the victim was hospitalized for five days and underwent surgery, requiring more than 50 staples to close her wounds.

— City News Service.

Sbsp February 07, 2014 at 07:19 PM
I have no life and sit here on my computer cramming down fast food and acting like I do on a NEWS SiTE.
Steve Newman February 07, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Flag boy- or jeff- are you looking in the mirror?- and I sit in front of my computer- you may sit on it for the thrill- but some of us are not perverts or trolls.
TVOR February 09, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Jeff, you don't like guns. That's fine. I do like guns. I think every law abiding American who also likes guns should br able to own them without interfrrence or "infringement" from the governmnt. People who are opposed to firearms speak of gun enthusiasts as though they are likely to go off and shoot others. Nothing could be further from reality. For the most part criminals are the ones going off and shooting people and no amount of gun control will keep them from getting guns. I fully support everyone's right to their beliefs but I don't support the minority restricting the rights of the majority.
Dee February 09, 2014 at 04:47 PM
The core point is, it's a RIGHT of the American person. Has nothing to do with being afraid or brave or whatever. It's a RIGHT. When the government uses seemingly rational points against gun ownership, its a subtle attempt to disarm. When the government furthers its powers by controlling our health (our life), moral integrity (the demand we tolerate a deviant sexual lifestyle), the searing of our conscience (abortion), and the right to protect ourselves which will no longer be subtle, it will be a law, America will be in trouble. Liberals can't see that far ahead, because they are deep down selfish, me-mentality people. They put on airs that they care for people, but they really don't.
ChrisG February 09, 2014 at 08:25 PM
@tvor, well put
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 09:21 PM
The majority are for background checks.....yet the minority, members of the NRA stopped it. TVOR......you can have your opinions about guns and I have mine. I have shot rifles and handguns at target practice and to each his own. However, to say you have it to protect your family is illogical when the odds are you probably would never run into that situation and if you did, unless you carry a weapon full time, you would not have access to it when you needed it. Perfect scenario.....your working in your garage and you see two armed "hooligans" breaking into your home and your gun is locked inside your bedroom. Unless your paranoid, that the rarest of rare occurrence is going to happen and you move your weapon from room to room. It makes absolutely no sense to me, BUT.....if it makes you less fearful, then have a good time with it. But again, if an accident occurs and you shoot someone loading your weapon, you should serve excessive prison time. I feel the NEED to own a gun is because you are afraid of something that is very unlikely to happen....and its cowardice to enable guns to get in every character's hands in the country. My opinion.
TVOR February 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM
I don't feel a "need" to own a gun whrre I live. In fact I do not
TVOR February 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Own any guns. That is more because of limited funds than anything else. If I had no choice but to live in a place where I were to need a gun, like Perris for instance, I would likely have one. You can bet your kiester it would be stored properly and handled carefully just as any potentially dangerous tool would be. I strongly support background checks and licensing individuals to own firearms. I do not support the registration of firearms or ammo or any other scheme which could be used to conduct confiscations. The government MUST be run by the people, not the people run by the government. If that ever changes then our nation is lost.
Steve Newman February 11, 2014 at 04:23 PM
TVOR- re Guns- better to have one and not need it than need it and not have it. The government needs to control the psychos out there- eliminate the fear of turning somebody in because they act strange- course if that were ture, hlaf the people on this patch should be reported- right Kliener.? And your scenario of working in the garage when 2 bad guys try to break in is valid- except at my house- I don't own just one weapon and they are easy to get to. Especially the one in the garage.
Dee February 11, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Enough of guns and motorcycles. People have their opinions and arguments for or against. Stop beating it to death.
Steve Newman February 11, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Dee- well maybe we can run it over with our bikes while shooting it- would that make you happy?
Dee February 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM
I believe in motorcycles and I believe in guns.
Steve Newman February 11, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Dee- good for you.
TVOR February 11, 2014 at 06:19 PM
C'mon Dee, can't we talk about motorcycles some more? I LIKE motorcycles and I would never use one to hurt somebody.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Colorado Democrats continue to hold the line against Republican attempts to roll back gun restrictions, voting again to turn down a proposal removing permit requirements to carry concealed weapons. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 on a party-line vote Tuesday to reject the bill from Republican Rep. Jared Wright. The bill would have removed the requirement to obtain a permit in order to carry concealed handguns. The vote came a day after another Democratic committee rejected a Republican measure to decrease background-check requirements for gun purchases. Democrats have insisted that the package of gun-control measures they passed last year will improve public safety. Republicans say Second Amendment right have been illegally curtailed and that gun rights should be expanded.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Colorado's controversial ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines larger than 15 rounds will remain law after a House Democrats killed an effort to repeal the measure Monday night. Just last week, state Democrats also stopped a Republican attempt to repeal universal background checks on all private and online gun sales and transfers. Both restrictions were part of a package of new gun control measures signed into law in 2013 by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). Furious opponents hit back in the wake of the laws' passing last year. Two senators who supported the bills -- Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) -- were ousted in the state's first-ever recall election. A third recall effort was underway against another Democrat, state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), but Hudak resigned from office before a recall could take place. The high-capacity magazine ban repeal bill sponsor, Rep. Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County), told Denver's 7News that Hickenlooper should have vetoed the magazine ban last year. "I believe it's what led to two recall elections," Holbert said. Daniel Carey, a National Rifle Association lobbyist, complained that 2013's background check law was "unnecessary and unconstitutional" and that it "only unnecessarily burdens law-abiding citizens," according to the Associated Press. The background check law's co-sponsor, Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), told The Huffington Post that "the vast majority of gun buyers are law-abiding people, and for them a background check is no problem. But the new law is preventing significant numbers of violent criminals and people under domestic restraining orders from buying guns. That's exactly what we intended with our new background check law, and the stats prove that it's working. It's making our neighborhoods safer, and that makes me very happy." According to data from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, there were a total of 6,198 private sale background checks from when the law went into effect in July through December, with 122 buyers denied during that period. Though state Republicans haven't accepted the laws, Colorado voters appear to strongly support universal background check legislation. A recent Qunnipiac survey showed that 85 percent of state voters approve of the new gun law, according to a recent Quinnipiac survey. When asked about the statewide ban on high capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, voters still approve, but by a slim 49-48 margin. Almost 400,000 people tried to buy firearms last year in Colorado as the historic new gun laws went into effect in July, The Denver Post first reported.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:47 PM
We need to keep guns out of the hands of the cowardly fearful conservative crazies.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:51 PM
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Dee February 11, 2014 at 07:56 PM
I agree, let's do that. If only, if only, if only we can get into your fantasy mind.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 07:59 PM
the type i think of when i think of the gun nuts. bunch of cowardly wannabe tough guys
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 08:02 PM
hese extremely violent Right-wing militia gun zealots are nothing but cowards with guns. Most of them couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag with scissors in their hands. So they hide behind their guns. That’s why they are so paranoid that the government is gonna take their guns away. Because they know without them they’d actually have to engage in a fair fight with someone after they ran their mouth and would probably receive an ass whipping or two as a result.
Dee February 11, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Your blood pressure must be hitting the ceiling. Doctor says avoid the web for two weeks. Enjoy life, smell the roses, count your blessings, and eat an apple before bedtime.
Steve Newman February 12, 2014 at 03:03 AM
WEll Jeff- talk about paper bags- shouldn't you be grabbing one to put over your head to keep from hyperventilating.? And an ass whipping- you gotta show first depends boy.
TVOR February 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Jeff, am more concerned you will flip out and run down some people with your car than I am that some cowardly zealot gun nut will shoot someone.
Steve Newman February 12, 2014 at 04:50 PM
TVOR= or his wheel chair when he goes to cosco.
Jeff Kleiner February 12, 2014 at 06:15 PM
TVOR, Don't drive anymore, just like people unqualified shouldn't have access to a weapon. I do have a Bowie Knife and as long as it isn't concealed its legal in California to open carry.
TVOR February 12, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Jeff, I agree with you that unqualified people should not have access to weapons but the fact is they do. All the gun control laws you can come up with will not change that.
Mike February 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM
We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics." BUT... "We are encouraged TO judge ALL Gun Owners by the actions of a few lunatics."


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