A 40-year old man represented by Adam Woody was found not guilty by a jury made up of 10 women and two men on September 15, 2022. The jury acquitted the man of First Degree Domestic Assault following a 2-day jury trial. The charge was a Class A Felony, which carries a range of punishment of 10-30 years, or life, in prison. After less than an hour of deliberation, the jury agreed that the man was justified in striking his wife one time in the face after he was attacked by her, being struck multiple times in the head and face. The State called five witnesses to the stand, and the Defendant testified. There was audio of the incident introduced as evidence, and the jury determined that the Defendant’s version of the events compared more closely to the audio than did the story of his ex-wife. Evidence was also introduced that the Defendant’s ex-wife filed a report alleging the assault 8 months after the incident, only after the Defendant had filed for divorce and two days after her mother had been arrested for pointing a handgun at the Defendant. Adam Woody argued that these things provided her strong motive to downplay her own actions, and the jury agreed. The jury found the Defendant not guilty following a short deliberation.
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