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BOBBITT SQUIRMS AS HE DESCRIBES ATTACK

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John Bobbitt squirmed on the witness stand, barely an arm's length from the woman who sliced his penis off with a kitchen knife.

Telling his story in court for the second time, only now as witness instead of defendant, Bobbitt told a jury of seven men and five women Monday how his wife, Lorena, attacked him.He gave virtually the same testimony in November, when he was tried and acquitted in the same courthouse for marital sexual assault.

"I felt a couple of jerks. After that she just cut it off," said Bobbitt, shifting in his chair as the first witness at Lorena Bobbitt's trial in a courtroom so small that the stand is just a few feet from the defense table.

Bobbitt, 26, often asked to have questions repeated, hesitated, stammered and mumbled his way through the answers, and pleaded a faulty memory.

He said he leapt from his bed when he realized his penis had been cut off. His hands pressed against his bleeding crotch, he woke up a house guest for help.

"I didn't know how to explain it to him. I was kind of embarrassed," Bobbitt said, looking down at his lap. "I knew I had to get some help."

Lorena Bobbitt, 24, was expected to take the stand later.

She is charged with malicious wounding for cutting off Bobbitt's penis after he came home from a night of drinking June 23. If convicted, the Ecuadoran-born manicurist could get up to 20 years in prison and be deported.