Friday, December 18, 2009

Mistrial declared in domestic violence case

Jury unable to reach a decision on Solis-Vidal


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Filiberto Solis-Vidal

Fifth District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee declared a mistrial Thursday in a domestic violence case against a Hailey man after a Blaine County jury was unable to reach a decision.

Elgee made his ruling around 10:15 a.m. in the case against 45-year-old Filiberto Solis-Vidal, who is charged with a felony for allegedly causing "traumatic injury" to his wife.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Wednesday evening and for another hour Thursday morning before informing the judge that it was deadlocked and a decision was not forthcoming. The trial started Tuesday.

A status hearing will be held within the next few weeks to determine the future of the case.

Solis-Vidal is accused of injuring his wife in an altercation at his home on July 6. According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Hailey police officer Charles Cox, Solis-Vidal allegedly struck her head against a wall.

Cox reported that the woman suffered "two very large protrusions above her right and left eyes, and there was a cut in the middle of her forehead that was bleeding." She was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

According to Blaine County court records, Solis-Vidal filed to divorce his wife on July 17. That case is still pending in court.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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