Lisa Ganns, victim of machete attack, faces accused, Alvin Washington, in court

Posted: 5:30 PM EDT Oct 25, 2013   Updated: 6:47 PM EDT Oct 25, 2013
Victim of machete attack faces accused in court

It was an emotional day in court Friday for a Reading woman who was savagely attacked with a machete last month.

For the first time since the attack, Lisa Ganns faced the man accused, Alvin Washington, during a preliminary hearing at the Berks County Courthouse.

"I had to relive this horror. All over again," said Ganns, during an exclusive interview with 69 News after the hearing. "I was petrified."

Taking the stand in a wheelchair, Ganns testified as to what she said happened on the morning of Sept. 28 when Washington, the father of one of her children, allegedly stabbed her multiple times at her home in the 1000 block of Marion Street.

She told the courtroom that during the attack, Washington said, "No matter where you go, I will find you and finish you off."

Ganns told 69 News she hopes her story will serve as a warning to other victims of domestic abuse. She said she prays for other abused women, and that justice will prevail in her case.

The judge dropped burglary charges against Washington. He remains held on charges of attempted homicide.