Jury finds Scottsbluff man not guilty af assault

A Scottsbluff man accused of punching his girlfriend numerous times in the face and breaking her left eye socket with a screwdriver has been found not guilty of first degree assault.

The Star Herald says Michael Ragorschek was acquitted after he presented a case during the trial that he was defending himself from assaults by the woman . Ragorschek's attorney Stacy Petitt says a gas station attendant confirmed that Ragorschek was upset and had marks on him because the woman had been beating on the defendant.

Court documents said the 26 year old victim told Nebraska State Patrol Sergeant Monty Lovelace that the 32 year old Ragorshek physically assaulted her when he became agitated she was at her brother's house and accused her of cheating on him.

The documents say Lovelace noticed her left eye was purple and she had bruising and swelling on both sides of her face as well as the right side of her neck. The document says she also told the trooper medical personnel had indicated her left eye socket was broken.

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