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Despite inflicting 90 stab wounds, the 21-year-old son of a U.S. soldier testified in German court Wednesday that he can’t recall killing his former girlfriend in a Darmstadt parking lot last October, according to German news reports.

The defendant, identified only as Edward S, told a German court in Darmstadt that he must have “blacked out” just prior to the Oct. 27 slaying of Natascha C. Dillard, the Darmstädter Echo newspaper reported in its Thursday edition.

German policy in such cases typically dictates that only the first name of an accused be used.

“I felt the devil come over me,” the paper quoted the defendant as saying.

“It was the darkest feeling that I ever had in my life. I heard a loud cry in my head.”

German authorities believe he became enraged with Dillard when he learned she had become intimate with another man.

At Wednesday’s session, it was disclosed that a love letter of Dillard’s had, at some earlier date, fallen from her coat pocket and that her former lover somehow got hold of it.

Prosecutors believe this led the defendant to ask Dillard for a meeting in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot, a meeting that ended when he brandished a switchblade and stabbed her multiple times.

The defendant testified Wednesday that he snapped out of his stupor and saw a bloodied Dillard lying on the ground, the Echo reported.

He recalled cradling her in his arms and kissing her as she died.

Dillard, 20, worked at the child development center in Lincoln Village, according to Jayme Loppnow, a spokeswoman for U.S. Garrison Darmstadt.

She apparently had plans to go to college, with the hope of one day running her own day-care center.


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