Santa Fe man acquitted of murder in 'Good Samaritan' case

Posted at: 03/07/2013 8:39 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Adrian Gonzales
Photo: Adrian Gonzales

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe jury has acquitted a 31-year-old man of murdering a preschool teacher who intervened to stop a fight with his girlfriend, but he faces a retrial on two lesser charges.

Adrian Gonzales was acquitted Wednesday evening of first- and second-degree murder in the 2011 fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Victoriano Moises Byrne-Gonzales.

The jury could not reach verdicts on charges of involuntary manslaughter charge in the killing of Byrne-Gonzales and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing of another man. A mistrial was declared on those charges.

Prosecutors said Byrne-Gonzales was trying to do the right thing when he was stabbed in the neck while attempting to stop Gonzales from beating Gonzales' girlfriend, while defense attorney Joseph Campbell said Gonzales was defending himself.

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