The Associated Press
SANTA FE — A Santa Fe jury acquitted a man late Wednesday of murdering a preschool teacher who intervened to stop a fight with his girlfriend, but he could be retried on two lesser charges.
After deliberating for four days, a jury found Adrian Gonzales, 31, not guilty of first- and second-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2011, fatal stabbing of Victoriano Moises Byrne-Gonzales, 21. Jurors could not reach verdicts on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the killing of Byrne-Gonzales and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing of another man. A mistrial was declared on those counts.
In addition, the jury found Gonzales not guilty of battery on a household member. He had been accused of beating his girlfriend at the time, Natasha Romero, during their fight before the stabbings.