VERDICT IN: MENDOZA NOT GUILTY OF MURDER
Monday, May 3, 2010 12:00 am By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers
A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30. After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing. Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict. Acting on her attorney’s advice, Mendoza declined to comment.
CHARGES DISMISSED IN MACHETTE ATTACK CASE:
ORLAND — A Hamilton City man facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged machete attack had his case dismissed Wednesday in Glenn County Superior Court.
Scott Charles Verry, 21, was arrested March 4 after he allegedly attacked a lifelong friend with a machete at a home on County Road 16.
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