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Yuba County Sword Slaying Suspect Says It Was An Accident

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DOBBINS (CBS13) — A Yuba County woman is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with a sword, but she claims it was all an accident.

Joanne Cardoza admits grabbing a 3-foot-long sword off her kitchen table and pointing it at her boyfriend of five years on Sunday. But she told Yuba County Sheriff’s deputies that she didn’t mean to stab him with it.

Buck Day’s friends believe his death was no accident, claiming Cardoza had major anger problems.

“She recently lost her son, so I know she had some issues, and they fought a lot,” said Tara Thomas.

Cardoza says she grabbed the sword when Day “rushed” at him during an escalating argument. His friends insist that’s something he’d never do.

“Buck wouldn’t hurt anybody. He’s a very calm, docile personality,” Thomas said.

Even Day’s ex-wife says he wouldn’t hurt a fly. She says her called her several times to pick him up from the house because of Cardoza’s outbursts. She says he wouldn’t leave Cardoza because he said he loved her.

Friends say it was a fatal attraction.

“It’s just sad, very sad, because people could seek help and things like this wouldn’t happen,” Thomas said.

Cardoza is being held without bail at the Yuba County Jail on murder charges.

Deputies say they aren’t sure why the sword was on the table in the first place.

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