FAIRFIELD — A veteran defense attorney facing an uphill battle tried to convince a jury that his client should be acquitted of attempted murder and assault charges.
“Mr. (Gustavo A.) Ibarra did a monstrous thing. That does not mean he is a monster,” attorney Daniel Russo told jurors Thursday in closing arguments for the trial of his client.
The monstrous thing Ibarra did was to show up at his ex-wife’s Peach Tree Drive home on the afternoon of March 12, 2012, ask her for a glass of water and then attack with a 2-foot machete, slashing her head, shoulder and hands.
“If he wanted to kill her he would have stabbed her in the chest,” Russo told jurors.
Russo conceded Ibarra, 38, was guilty of domestic violence involving great bodily injury. Russo also all but conceded his client was guilty of mayhem. Russo called the attack an aberration.
Ibarra testified he had no memory of the attack because he blacked out after using methamphetamine.
Jurors deliberated briefly in the afternoon and are expected to resume their deliberations Friday.
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