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Victim slow to testify in court

The night Catina Washington was stabbed, beaten and burned by a man who said he would kill her, she screamed from inside her apartment and pounded on a wall trying to summon help.

On Tuesday, the day she was to face her accused attacker, Washington didn't show up in court until threatened with arrest. On the witness stand, she stared toward the floor and spoke in a near whisper.

Authorities say her ex-boyfriend, Willie Andre Haynes, tried to kill her Sept. 18, 2005. Haynes, 38, is charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree arson. The trial continues today. Haynes could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say trouble started Sept. 17 at a party where Haynes was playing music and Washington was celebrating with family. She also was talking to another man, angering Haynes, with whom she had been involved, on and off, for eight years.

Haynes and Washington later ended up at her room in the Gray Moss Inn on Church Avenue. They were engaged in sexual activity, authorities said, when an argument started and Haynes turned violent.

Prosecutors said Haynes stabbed Washington in the ear with a screwdriver, beat her with a wooden board, doused her in rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover and threw a lit match on her. He told her he was going to kill her.

She suffered a puncture wound to her eardrum and second-degree burns, Assistant State Attorney Stacey Sumner told the jury.

On Tuesday, she said she couldn't recall details of the fight and answered some questions with silence.

At one point, senior Judge David Walker ordered Washington to answer questions and threatened to hold her in contempt of court.

Defense attorney Geoff Cox posed the possibility that she was impaired that night after drinking alcohol and may have lost consciousness.