Sacto 9-1-1
September 26, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of attempting to murder wife

A Sacramento County jury has found Luis Hurtado guilty of attempting to murder his estranged wife.

The jury convicted Hurtado, 34, of first-degree attempted murder, inflicting corporal injury on his spouse resulting in a traumatic condition, and aggravated mayhem, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true allegations of inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence and use of a deadly weapon.

Hurtado and his wife had been separated for four years when, in December 2010, Hurtado was visiting his 6-year-old daughter at his estranged wife's apartments. He began to accuse his wife of having a sexual relationship with another man. Hurtado's wife told him to leave her apartment, but he refused, officials said.

She then called 911 and reported that her husband was drunk and would not leave her residence. While she was speaking with the 911 dispatcher, Hurtado crept up behind her with a knife. He pulled her hair back, exposing her neck, and repeatedly slashed her neck and face, officials said. She suffered a deep cut from just below her right lip back to her right ear, requiring 60 stitches, according to the news release.

Hurtado is to be sentenced October 28.

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