February 10, 1995 in Nation/World

Second Jury Hung In Maiming Case

Compiled From Wire Services

A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after a second jury failed to reach a verdict against a woman who cut off her husband’s testicles with scissors.

The jury deadlocked 7-5 in favor of acquitting Aurelia Macias, who attacked her husband of 17 years, Jaime Macias, in 1992. They have since reconciled.

Prosecutors said they will decide by Feb. 28 whether to retry her.

Aurelia Macias said she’d suffered years of physical, mental and sexual abuse. She testified in her first trial that she cut off her husband’s testicles because he was about to rape her and she feared for her life.

Prosecutors claimed she attacked her sleeping husband in a jealous rage because he had danced with another woman earlier that night.

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