A homicide prosecutor has told an Orange County jury he can show a particular circumstances murder instance against a new Lake Forest guy accused of having intercourse together with target one 2009 evening and going back the evening that is following rob and destroy him.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy claims solid police work shows Matthew Thomas Dragna (and their fan, Jacob Anthony Quintanilla) murdered Damon Nicholson, a favorite Laguna Beach resort banquet supervisor, then experimented with offer the target’s home to many other hoodlums.
Murphy stated in Wednesday’s opening declaration it does not matter which defendant swung the baseball bat that smashed the rear of Nicholson’s skull in October 2009 because Dragna and Quintanilla, whom faces a split test at a subsequent date, are both lawfully responsible.
But Frank Bittar, Dragna’s veteran attorney from the Orange County Public Defender’s workplace, told jurors that Laguna Beach Police Department detectives jumped to erroneous conclusions after their uneducated, inarticulate customer, then a 19-year-old senior high school dropout, over and over over over and over repeatedly lied during initial interviews.
вЂњThere’s simply no proof Matt laid a hand on that man on the night time for the murder,вЂќ said Bittar, whom additionally utilized their opening statement to claim there is certainly вЂњno questionвЂќ the killer that is lone Quintanilla. Continue reading