San Francisco, California – According to a news release from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, an 81-year-old man accused of the attempted murder of his ex-wife was acquitted by a San Francisco jury on Monday.
According to Deputy Public Defender Martina Avalos, Damien Alvarez was acquitted of all charges stemming from an incident on June 3 when he and his ex-wife fought over a knife that he was trying to prevent her from stabbing him with.
“While this was a distressing incident for both parties, it is clear that Mr. Alvarez was not the aggressor in this situation. He and his family have long suffered various forms of physical, emotional and financial abuse at the hands of his ex-wife,” Deputy Public Defender Martina Avalos said.
According to Avalos, the jury deliberated for three days before delivering a not-guilty decision on attempted murder, not-guilty on attempted manslaughter, and hung 7-5 in favor of innocence on three assault charges.