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Farmer Acquitted in Deaths of 2 Workers in Manure Pit

September 22, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

A dairy farmer charged in the deaths of two workers who went into a manure pit without training or safety equipment is not guilty of any crime, a Merced jury has decided.

The dairy farmer, Patrick J. Faria, had been facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter in addition to charges that he violated the California Labor Code in the deaths of Enrique Araisa and Jose Alatorre on his Gustine dairy on Feb. 2, 2001.

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