For six episodes in 2014, cameras followed every move of Redondo Beach attorney Loredana Nesci as she went about her professional and personal life, chronicling her world for her SundanceTV reality show audience.
Those “Loredana, Esq.” cameras, however, weren’t with the 47-year-old attorney on July 22, 2015, to document what happened that morning when her boyfriend, Robert Brian Reagan, allegedly stabbed her to death with a 15-inch “Rambo-style” hunting knife, killing her in her bedroom and waiting hours to call police.
As Reagan’s murder trial opened Thursday in Torrance Superior Court, a prosecutor displayed gruesome photographs and told jurors that Reagan “gutted” Nesci, shoving the blade into her abdomen and thrusting it repeatedly, causing four wounds inside her that were so severe her insides looked like “swiss cheese.”
The abdominal wound, Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski said, showing a picture to the jury, was 7 inches long.
While Ostrowski told jurors that Nesci can’t tell anyone what happened to her that morning, Reagan’s defense lawyer, Shepard Kopp, said Reagan will.
Defense claims accident
In his opening remarks, Kopp said Reagan is innocent and will take the witness stand during his trial to tell his story.
“He’s going to explain to you the events that led up to this accident,” Kopp said.
Nesci was stabbed accidentally, Kopp said, after she pulled the knife on Reagan during an argument while their 5-year-old son slept in the next room. During a fierce struggle over the weapon, they tumbled onto their bed.
Nesci, Kopp said, fell onto the knife, which…
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