Tucson man convicted in brutal attack on wife

2013-09-03T15:15:00Z 2013-09-08T13:28:25Z Tucson man convicted in brutal attack on wifeBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for a violent attack on his estranged wife.

On Friday, the Pima County Superior Court jury also convicted Jose Raul Juarez-Orci, 27, of several counts of aggravated assault and violating an order of protection.

Juarez-Orci originally faced charges of attempted first-degree murder, but the jury settled on the lesser included charge of attempted second-degree murder.

A burglary charge was dismissed late Friday because it was the one count where the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

Juarez-Orci was accused of breaking down the door of the house he and his wife had shared and attacking her with a knife.

During the trial, the prosecution presented emergency-room photos of the woman to the jury, which showed a deep gash across her forearm, a slice to the side of her face and numerous puncture wounds to her shoulders and arms.

The woman also suffered a small cut across her throat that was not serious and required no stitches.

At trial, the victim testified that she and Juarez-Orci had separated in the months before the attack.

She also said her husband threatened to take the couple’s three children to Mexico to live with his family.

Juarez-Orci’s defense attorney tried to mitigate the accusation, pointing out the man took the children to Mexico several times, always to return them home.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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