A homicide prosecutor has told an Orange County jury he can show a particular circumstances murder situation against a young Lake Forest guy accused of having intercourse along with his victim one 2009 evening and coming back the evening that is following rob and destroy him.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy claims police that is solid shows Matthew Thomas Dragna (and their enthusiast, Jacob Anthony Quintanilla) murdered Damon Nicholson, a well known Laguna Beach resort banquet supervisor, after which experimented with sell the target’s home to many other hoodlums.
Murphy stated in Wednesday’s opening declaration no 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 later date, are both legitimately accountable.
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 the 19-year-old highschool dropout, over and over repeatedly lied during initial interviews.
вЂњThere’s simply no evidence Matt laid a hand on that guy on the night time of this murder,вЂќ said Bittar, who additionally utilized their opening statement to claim there is certainly вЂњno questionвЂќ the killer that is lone Quintanilla. вЂњCommon sense is important right right here.вЂќ