Shackelford v. Commonwealth

In Shackelford v. Commonwealth, 183 Va. 423, 32 S.E.2d 682 (1945), the defendant, using his fists, struck the victim on her nose, eye, and ear. When the defendant's wife grabbed him to prevent further attack, the victim was able to flee. Noting that the defendant, a strong man, made an unprovoked attack upon a woman, striking her at least three times on her face, threatened to "finish" her, and that the attack ended only because defendant's wife intervened, the Court found the evidence sufficient to support the requisite intent for a malicious wounding conviction. See id. at 427, 32 S.E.2d at 684.