Jury find Meyers man guilty on two counts against wife; judge declares mistrail on attempted murder charge after jury fails to reach decision
Konolus Smith, the Meyers man accused of trying to kill his wife by forcing her to take an overdose of pills, was found guilty Friday of spousal battery and making criminal threats.
But the jury in the seven day trial in El Dorado County Superior Court was unable to reach a verdict on charges of attempted murder and false imprisonment.
Judge James Dawson declared a mistrial on the attempted murder and false imprisonment charges after dismissing a male juror for misconduct a following the
jury’s lunch break. The nature of the misconduct was not immediately clear.
Smith’s wife, Pamela, accused her husband of tying her up in the early morning hours of Aug. 29 and threatening to stab her with a pair of scissors if she didn’t swallow a combination of pills.
The defense contended Pamela Smith took the pills in a suicide attempt.
Sentencing for the spousal battery and criminal threats charges is scheduled for Jan. 28.
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