Accused machete attacker testifies in trial

By From page A3 | April 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faces attempted murder and aggravated mayhem charges took the witness stand Wednesday as his jury trial drew toward a close.

Gustavo A. Ibarra, 38, testified he had no memory of driving to his ex-wife’s duplex on Peach Tree Drive on the afternoon of March 15, 2012, jumping out of his car, confronting her with a machete and then slicing her head open before she ran screaming from her home.

Ibarra testified that on the morning of the attack, he had used methamphetamine for the first time in his life and started having hallucinations before blacking out as he was sitting in his car, parked near a cigarette shop near North Texas Street and Pacific Avenue. When the blackout ended, Ibarra found himself naked in a jail cell.

Ibarra’s ex-wife filed for divorce about a year before the attack. At the time of the attack, Ibarra had a warrant outstanding for his arrest for not complying with court-ordered terms of a previous domestic violence case.

Ibarra is expected to return to the witness stand to answer questions from prosecutor Kevin Tali when the trial resumes Thursday morning. Closing arguments in the trial are slated for Thursday afternoon.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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