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A Buffalo woman was acquitted Tuesday of stabbing another woman in the head, but convicted of assaulting one of the officers who arrested her.

The decision followed three hours of deliberations at the close of a four-day trial.

A State Supreme Court jury found Linda Cusack, 32, of 274 Langfield Drive, guilty of second-degree assault for biting, punching and kicking Buffalo Police Officer Reginald Hokes near her home about 11 a.m. March 3.

The jury found her innocent of second-degree assault and weapons charges for the stabbing of Carla Kelly, 34, near the victim's Sun Street home moments before the officer was injured.

Ms. Cusack told the jury Ms. Kelly accidentally stabbed herself in the head twice, inflicting superficial wounds, while the two women fought over a man.

Hokes, 35, of the Bailey Substation, was punched in the mouth, kicked in the groin and bitten on the hand as he tried to take Ms. Cusack into custody.

Justice Frederick M. Marshall allowed Ms. Cusack to remain free on $2,500 bail pending sentencing Feb. 19. She faces a possible prison term of up to seven years.

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