A Solano County Superior Court jury has acquitted an Oakley man –
Mr. Joudrey – of felony assault charges in an interesting, often
drunkin recollection of events. To understand how this ‘not guilty’
verdict was achieved, we need to take a close look at the details and
both sides of the story.
The charges involved the beating of a man in the middle of the street shortly
after last call outside a bar in February 2014. Joudrey, who suffered
a separated shoulder during what was described in testimony as a group
melee, had been drinking with a group of people, including Mr. Horner,
that evening. When they all left the bar, Horner believes he was attacked
by Joudrey and possibly several others. During testimony the accuser's
witnesses minimized their level of intoxication eventhough they all testified
they had been at an annual Crab feed starting around 5p.m. that evening
and had designated the Mother of the victim as the designated driver.
The victim suffered serious injuries that were described as a tripod fracture
of the cheek bone in the face. Horner himself couldn’t pinpoint
who actually assault him, claiming that he lost consciousness suddenly
and woke up later with multiple facial fractures. He believed Joudrey
was the perpetrator because the last thing he
could remember was telling someone to get their hands off of him (Horner). Witnesses
also testified that the group was friendly inside the bar and seemed to
all get along. Immediately following the attack on Mr. Horner, Dixon PD
arrived and were told a report was not necessary. Seven months later,
Joudrey was charged.
Joudrey testified that he did not assault anyone and that even he could
not recall what happened due to being hit from behiind after crossing
the street. Joudrey descirbed the impact as similar to being hit by a
car, in that one of his feet came out of one of his shoes and he also
lost his glasses after immediately hitting the sidewalk. Joudrey sought
received treatment immediately after the incidetn adn his E.R. Doctor
testified she saw no blood or injuries to Joudrey's hands. A fact
that would have been noted in the treating notes of his medical records.
The success of the defense can be linked to Fairfield Criminal Defense
Attorney Vincent R. Maher – who represented Joudrey – with
his tenacious cross examination he was able to illustrate the many inconsistancies
coming from the 6-7 prosecution witnesses who gave varying accounts of
what they recalled.
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