AUGUSTA — A Madison was man cleared of a domestic violence charge at the end of a two-day trial held at the Capital Judicial Center.

A jury returned a not guilty verdict Wednesday for Aric Libby, 24, who had been indicted on a charge of assaulting a woman who was a member of his household on Dec. 26, 2014, in Benton.

Libby had a prior conviction for domestic violence assault in June 2013 in Somerset County.

“Mr. Libby was grateful for the hard work of the jury and thankful for the proper verdict,” said his attorney, Thomas Carey.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, whose office prosecuted the case, said, “Domestic violence is a difficult crime to prosecute because it typically does not happen in public — it happens where there are no witnesses. This case was the victim’s word against the defendant’s and while I believe the victim, the jury had a difficult time deciding who to believe. I respect the decision of the jury and thank them for their service.”

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