A Bakersfield man convicted of murdering his wife in a domestic abuse attack may get a new trial.
Jorge Aceves-Cortez had a history of domestic violence against his wife, Maria Cortes, before he attacked her in 2013.
Shortly after the attack, she died of a massive brain hemorrhage.
The coroner said the brain damage was caused by a beating.
Aceves-Cortez maintained at trial — and in a jailhouse interview with 17 News — that Maria suffered a stroke during the argument.
The jury convicted him of second-degree murder.
An appeals court said yesterday the coroner’s office inadvertently failed to give the defense attorney some brain samples that might have been used to support Aceves-Cortez’s case.
Justices returned the case to Bakersfield with an order that those samples be examined to determine if they might have helped him.
If it would, he will get a new trial or be released.