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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Thursday after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a woman charged with castrating her husband with a pair of scissors. It was the second time a jury has deadlocked in the case, and Deputy Dist. Atty. Lydia Bodin said she was not sure whether Aurelia Macias, 36, will be tried a third time on a charge of battery with serious bodily injury. This time, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury announced that it was unable to reach a verdict after deadlocking 7 to 5 in favor of acquittal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1994
A judge refused this week to dismiss battery charges against a woman who says she acted in self-defense when she cut off her husband's testicles with a pair of scissors. "Even without any newly discovered evidence, I felt that a dismissal would not be warranted, and I still feel that way," said Superior Court Judge Robert O'Neill, who rejected a similar motion in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1994 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles woman accused of severing her sleeping husband's testicles with scissors was acquitted Friday of the main charges against her. The Superior Court jury that heard the castration case against Aurelia Macias, 35, found her not guilty of mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon--charges that could have given her an 11-year prison term. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a lesser charge of battery, and the prosecutor said he would seek another trial on that count.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1994
A doctor using anatomical drawings gave jurors a graphic description Tuesday of a man's castration by his wife, and a prosecutor said he would show that the woman acted after accusing her husband of infidelity. Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Longo said in an opening statement that Aurelia Macias, 35, cut off her husband's testicles with a large pair of scissors while he slept. The prosecutor said Aurelia Macias dialed 911 after the attack and told the operator: "I cut my husband's testicles out."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1994
A prosecutor vowed Thursday to convict a woman accused of cutting off her husband's testicles with a pair of scissors--even though the couple have reconciled and want to stay out of the courtroom. "It's not him vs. her. It's the people of the state of California vs. her," Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Longo said of the case against Aurelia Macias, 35. Macias pleaded not guilty to felony mayhem in the Sept. 20, 1992, attack on Jaime Macias, 39. If convicted, she could receive eight years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1994
An attorney representing a Los Angeles woman charged with castrating her husband said Thursday that the couple have reconciled. Nan Whitfield, a Los Angeles County deputy public defender, said Aurelia and Jaime Macias want to put the Sept. 20, 1992, attack behind them and rehabilitate their 17-year marriage. Whitfield is asking that charges against the woman be dropped, but Deputy Dist. Atty. Lawrence Longo said the state has no intention of doing so.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1993 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case compared to that of a Virginia woman who cut off her husband's penis, a Los Angeles woman was accused Thursday of castrating her spouse with a five-inch pair of shears as he slept. Aurelia Macias, 35, was initially charged with corporal injury to a spouse, a felony that carries a maximum four-year prison term. But at a court hearing Thursday, Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
August 10, 1992 | Associated Press
A man who had agreed to be castrated rather than face trial for rape was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. State District Judge Michael McSpadden had agreed on March 6 to Steven Allen Butler's request to be castrated rather than stand trial for the 1991 attack. He had said Butler, 28, would be placed on 10 years probation.
NEWS
March 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
A judge withdrew his approval Monday for a child rape suspect's request to be castrated rather than stand trial. The judge said a doctor could not be found to perform the surgery. State District Judge Michael McSpadden agreed March 6 to let Steven Allen Butler be castrated after Butler asked to undergo the procedure rather than stand trial on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl. The judge had said Butler would be placed on a form of probation for 10 years if he underwent the surgery.
NEWS
March 13, 1992 | Associated Press
A lawyer representing the family of a man who asked to be castrated rather than face trial on a child-molesting charge said Thursday the man has changed his mind and doesn't want the surgery. State District Judge Michael McSpadden last week approved Steven Allen Butler's request to be castrated instead of going to trial on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.
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