Man convicted of murdering wife may get new trial

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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.

The case is Peo. V. Jorge Luis Aceves-Cortez. 

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