(Woodland, CA) – June 15, 2015 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on Friday, June 12, 2015, a Yolo County Jury convicted 36-year-old Adam Akhtar Malik of Davis of threatening and stabbing a West Sacramento resident.
During trial, the jury heard evidence that on October 15, 2014, Malik waited at the trailer of a West Sacramento resident, crept up behind him and threatened to kill him while slicing his throat with a large knife. Just before the victim was able to get away, Malik drove his knife into the victim’s back hard enough to break bone. Malik then fled the scene and attempted to destroy the evidence tying him to his crime. Malik testified on his own behalf claiming he acted in self-defense.
The jury found Malik guilty of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threats, and enhancements for causing great bodily injury and using a knife. The jury found Malik not guilty of attempted murder.
District Attorney Jeff Reisig commended the jury for holding Malik accountable for his actions. “This was a very diligent jury who didn’t buy the defendant’s claim of self-defense,” said Reisig. “They considered all the evidence and made the right decision.”
Judge Paul Richardson presided over the nine day trial and is scheduled to sentence Malik on July 21, 2015 at 10:00 in Department 1 of the Yolo County Superior Court. Malik is facing a potential sentence of ten years in state prison.