In a case that highlights the severity of domestic violence, a Birmingham doctor, Dr. Brett Tyler Wahlgren, has been convicted of first-degree domestic violence in an attack on his wife. The incident, which occurred in March 2023, involved a series of violent acts, including throwing objects at the victim, punching her in the face, slamming her head against a countertop, dragging her by the hair, and stabbing her.
Wahlgren initially faced misdemeanor charges and a suspended sentence, but a grand jury later indicted him for attempted murder and first-degree domestic violence assault. After pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, Wahlgren went to trial for the more serious offenses.
In a twist of events, Wahlgren testified that the victim was injured by the knife while he was attempting to take his own life. This defense, however, did not sway the jury, who convicted him of first-degree domestic violence. He was acquitted on the attempted murder charge.
Wahlgren’s attorney, Tommy Spina, acknowledged his client’s assault but maintained that he never intended to kill his wife. He pointed to Wahlgren’s subsequent attempt to take his own life as evidence of his intent.
Despite this defense, Wahlgren faces significant consequences for his actions. He has been held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail since March 19 and is likely to face a lengthy prison sentence.
This case serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact of domestic violence. It is crucial to recognize the signs of abuse and seek help if necessary. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to a local hotline or shelter for support.