If there was a single comment that summed up Taylar Nuevelle's testimony on Friday, it was one that came near the end of the afternoon, as the woman accused of stalking a D.C. magistrate judge sparred with the prosecutor.
Nuevelle said simply, "I made some poor choices."
Nuevelle was in turns tearful and contained as she told her version of the events at the center of her criminal trial for burglary, stalking and unlawful entry. As she took questions from her lawyer, Dorsey Jones Jr., she attempted to convince the jury at the D.C. Superior Court that she and her former girlfriend, Judge Janet Albert, had lived together for months before their chaotic breakup, and that she had simply gone back to the house they shared in order to retrieve her belongings.
Nuevelle said she was found unconscious in the attic of Albert’s Northwest Washington house, surrounded by pills and alcohol bottles, because she had tried to kill herself. And she had tried to kill herself, she said, because she was convinced that Albert would use her power as a judge to make sure Nuevelle never saw her own son again.
“I wanted to die, and I didn’t want anyone to try and stop me,” Nuevelle said.