A jury will soon deliberate in the case of a Canyon Country man who faces two counts of attempted murder, according to a clerk at the Los Angeles Superior Court San Fernando Branch.
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The attorneys gave their closing arguments this afternoon and the jury is expected to deliberate by tomorrow.
Canyon Country resident, Raymundo Soto, 35, faces two felony counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged stabbing incident in February 2012.
According to sheriff’s officials during the early evening of February 29, Daniel Muir, returned to his Canyon Country home after a year’s absence to find that his wife, Jessica Jackson, 30, was now living in the home with Soto. While Muir was gathering his belongings he was allegedly attacked by Soto with a knife. Muir suffered eight stab wounds but managed to escape and run to a neighbor’s home for help.
Authorities say Soto was also injured during the altercation and received self-inflicted stab wounds. Both men were transported by ambulance to Henry Mayo Hospital.
Soto was taken into custody last April and was found in possession of a firearm, which lead to additional misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed firearm and carrying a concealed firearm within city limits. Jackson was arrested on the same day as Soto, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office did not file charges.
Soto, who had been confined to a wheelchair, was ordered to appear in a special wheelchair-accessible courtroom in downtown Los Angeles last June, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. In January of this year, he refused to leave his jail cell for a court appearance after he was deemed capable of attending court without the assistance of a wheelchair.
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Source: Santa Clarita News