Melanie Eam found guilty of second-degree murder for fatally stabbing ex-boyfriend

Closing arguments to begin in trial of Melanie Eam, accused of stabbing ex-boyfriend James Berry to death. (WPEC)

Melanie Eam has been found guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing her ex-boyfriend James Barry to death after he broke up with her.

The 22-year-old did not testify in her defense.

Jury deliberations began Thursday afternoon. Eam decided against taking the stand, despite her attorneys floating a new explanation of what may have happened at Barry's home in the Loxahatchee Acreage in 2016.

On Wednesday, Eam's defense had suggested Barry's mother's boyfriend Guy Hand got into an argument with Eam about her on-and-off relationship with Barry. To protect Eam, Attorney Bruce Lehr said Barry got in between Eam and Hand and stabbed Barry to death, potentially by accident or negligence. Hand later testified he did not stab Barry to death.

This was Eam’s second trial after a jury last fall hung on whether to convict her of the murder charge or manslaughter, a less serious offense.

Eam is now facing life in prison. She will be sentenced on April 3.

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