An Idaho caregiver, accused of abusing residents at homes in the Magic Valley, has been acquitted of the charges.
In February, 62-year-old Jordana Bryan, who had been running two assisted living homes—Iris House and Ellie House—in Twin Falls County, was led away in handcuffs after being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors said that Idaho Department of Health and Welfare investigators discovered a "vulnerable man who had a large cut on his head covered in dried blood." And according to an on-site aide, Bryan had struck the man over the head several times with a metal pipe.
But this morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that a jury acquitted Bryan after her attorney argued she wasn't even at the scene of the incident. A local tattoo artist told the jury that Bryan was in his shop at the time of the incident. Ultimately, the Times-News reports, Bryan's attorney argued that the state had not proven his client's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The verdict came back after approximately three hours of jury deliberation.