Man tried for torturing spouse for days gets acquitted on some charges, convicted on others.
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man charged with torturing his spouse for days inside a south Bakersfield home got a mixed verdict in Kern County Superior Court, Wednesday.
Kristopher Lawless was charged with attempted manslaughter, torture and a long list of other charges in the November 2012 incident.
His trial ended Wednesday when the jury returned its verdict.
The jury was hung on the most serious charges, acquitted Lawless on terrorist threats and assault with a deadly weapon.
He was convicted on two lesser drug charges and a misdemeanor hit and run charge.
"It's obvious and clear I believe, and a mandate if you will, that the jury did not believe the peoples case and a big part of the people's case was the alleged victim," said Paul Cadman, Lawless' Public Defendant Lawyer.
Lawless could be retried on the charges the jury couldn't decide on.
The victim survived the attack.
Lawless is scheduled to be back in court, Friday, to try and get his bail amount reduced.
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