Woman recalls knife attack for jurors

2013-08-29T18:00:00Z 2013-08-30T11:55:28Z Woman recalls knife attack for jurorsBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson woman told a jury Thursday how her husband stabbed and slashed her with a knife, threw her down and slammed her forehead against the floor.

“It all happened so quickly,” she told jurors in Judge Kenneth Lee’s courtroom in Pima County Superior Court.

“I just remember he was poking and stabbing at me.”

Jose Raul Juarez-Orci is charged with attempting to kill his wife with a knife on April 5, 2012. The couple were separated at the time.

The woman said Juarez-Orci showed up at the house they once shared, in defiance of an order of protection, crashed through the front door, then pinned her against a wall while attacking her with a knife.

After throwing her to the floor, she said, he stood over her with the knife drawn.

“He grabbed me by my hair and pulled my head back.”

She said she later ran from Juarez-Orci to seek refuge with a neighbor, who helped her dress the wounds and called police. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where doctors treated her for knife wounds and bruises.

An emergency-room doctor described the woman’s wounds while Deputy County Attorney Ellen Brown showed the jury photographs taken of the woman at the hospital: A nearly 3ƒ-inch slice from her earlobe to her cheek, a 1ƒ-inch gash across her forearm that cut deep into the muscle, and puncture wounds across the front and back of her shoulder.

In addition, the woman displayed numerous defensive-type wounds to her hands and lower arms, along with a small cut to the front of her neck, the doctor said.

Juarez-Orci’s defense attorney, Peter Keller, questioned the woman about the financial support she received from her husband.

She agreed her husband provided housing and a car for her and the three children they have together.

Keller also attempted to cast doubt on the woman’s testimony that she lived in fear of her husband taking their children to Mexico, never to return.

He asked if Juarez-Orci always returned from Mexico with the children after taking them to visit family. She agreed her husband did return but said he made threats that he wouldn’t and she would never see the children again.

Juarez-Orci is accused of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, burglary and violating an order of protection.

Closing arguments are scheduled for today.

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

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