Machete-attack case goes to jury

By From page A3 | April 25, 2014

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.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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  • 2realApril 25, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Ya tell em you used meth and blackedout. Thats a good reason to slaughter someone. The defense (russo)should be found guilty just for representing this psycho.you can talk your way out of any crime thesedays wow...

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  • SteveApril 25, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    If you omit the phrase "facing an uphill battle" from the lead sentence you have a statement of fact. When left in it becomes the writers opinion. That is a prime example of this reporters tendency to turn news into opinion and why the DR is losing credibility with readers.

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