Asst admissions officer at Stanford accused of stabbing girlfriend while high on LSD


(KRON) — James Shirvell, an assistant admissions officer at Stanford University, made his first court appearance Wednesday, accused of attempted murder, assault and domestic violence in the brutal stabbing of his girlfriend.

In court it was revealed that Shirvell stabbed his girlfriend multiple times in the upper part of her body after the two had taken the drug, LSD.

This was the fourth time they had taken LSD together and during the proceedings Shirvell’s attorney argued this violent attack was completely out of character.

The attorney argued the judge should set a reasonable bail, so he could be released to his family and friends pending trial. His parents and the victim’s parents sat next to one another in court, and the mother of the victim read a letter from her daughter.

“I fell in love with James because of his pure goodness. James was not at all aware during the incident. He was possessed by another force and had no intent to do me harm.This was a horrific incident that doesn’t reflect his true character. He is still the best thing that has ever happened to me,” the letter said.

But the district attorney’s office argued for no bail saying they still don’t know what caused this attack, was it drugs, was it a mental break, was it something else.

The judge agreed and ordered a psychiatric evaluation, in the meantime he remains in the county jail with no bail.

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