A 118th Judicial District Court jury Tuesday acquitted a Big Spring man of assaulting a woman with his automobile.
The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Joseph Alton Murley not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at the end of the one-day trial.
Murley was accused of deliberately hitting a woman with his car in the 1300 block of Stanford on July 1, 2010. If convicted, he would have faced a prison term of between two and 20 years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Robin D. Orr, who tried the case for the state, said a lack of corroborating testimony hurt his case.
â€śWe didn't find out until (Tuesday morning) that the witness wasn't available,â€ť Orr said. â€śI think that deprived us of some valuable corroboration that would have helped the jury understand what was going on.â€ť
Murley's defense attorney, Robert Miller, theorized that the alleged victim was in fact the aggressor in the incident that led to Murley's arrest, Orr said.