A homicide prosecutor has told an Orange County jury he can show an unique circumstances murder situation against a young Lake Forest guy accused of having intercourse together with his target one 2009 evening and going back the after night to rob and destroy him.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy claims solid police work shows Matthew Thomas Dragna (along with his enthusiast, Jacob Anthony Quintanilla) murdered Damon Nicholson, a well known Laguna Beach resort banquet manager, after which experimented with offer 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 trial that is separate a subsequent 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 twelfth grade dropout, over and over over repeatedly lied during initial interviews. Continue reading