A 35th District Court jury acquitted an Early man Thursday after he stood trial on an allegation that he assaulted his wife.
    Alva Duane Sikes, 30, was charged by indictment with assault family violence — occlusion.
    The state alleged that Sikes grabbed his wife’s throat on Aug. 13, squeezed her throat until she couldn’t breath and threatened to kill her.
    Defense attorney Jason Johnson brought several issues before the jury. The woman waited three days to report the alleged assault, and there was no evidence of injury, according to testimony.
    Johnson also sought to show that the woman had made up the assault allegation to gain leverage in a child custody issue. A divorce between Sikes and his wife was pending, according to testimony.
    In another 35th District Court proceeding, District Judge Steve Ellis sentenced Michael Reyna, 46, to 20 years in prison for indecency with a child after Reyna entered an open plea.
    Reyna was accused by indictment of engaging in sexual contact by inappropriately touching a girl under 17 on Oct. 17, 2015.
    Ellis also sentenced Frederick Axt, 43, to 15 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after Axt pleaded no contest in a plea bargain.
    Axt was accused by indictment of possessing with intent to deliver more than four grams, less than 200 grams of methamphetamine on Oct. 14, 2015.