Man accused of assault with a machete, torture set to be in court today

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The man accused of assaulting and torturing a woman is expected to appear before a judge today.
 
Franco Ochoa, 50, is expected to be in court at 3 p.m. for a felony arraignment.
 
Ochoa and his wife, Amalia Lopez, 42, face multiple felony charges including attempted murder, torture and assault with a deadly weapon. 
 
In June, sheriff's deputies found a woman behind her apartment, in the 300 block of Troy Street, covered in blood from cuts on her legs, hands and arms.
   
The woman was assaulted with a machete and held hostage in her own home for several days by Ochoa, according to deputies.
 
They said Ochoa ordered his wife, 42-year-old Amalia Lopez, to assault the victim
 
Last week, Lopez pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, torture, and assault with a deadly weapon in court. 
 
Probable cause documents state the victim knew Ochoa, but they don't reveal how. Ochoa and Lopez moved into the victim's apartment and took over, torturing her and eventually setting the place on fire before fleeing, according to the probable cause statement.
 
The documents also reveal the victim had fingers missing when she escaped along with several other injuries.
 
Lopez is due back in court Aug. 14.
 
Ochoa was being held in Oxnard after he was arrested on a spousal abuse investigation. Ochoa was returned to Kern County and is currently in custody. 
 
We will have an update to this story on 17 News at 5 & 6 p.m. 

 


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