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Lawyer: Punching-death defendant 'not evil'

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Lawyer: Punching-death defendant 'not evil'
Prosecutors had no grounds to file murder charges in the fatal beating of a 59-year-old San Francisco man on a downtown Oakland street, an attorney for one of the defendants said Friday, describing his client as "not an evil person."

"This is not a murder case. This is a case that, in our opinion, has been overcharged," Adanté Pointer, attorney for defendant Lavonte Drummer, 18, said after a brief hearing in an Oakland courtroom.

Pointer said the case could be "something else," but did not elaborate on any potential defense.

Drummer and Dominic Davis, 18, both Oakland residents, have been charged with murder in connection with what authorities called a random, unprovoked attack on Jin Cheng Yu, 27, last week and the subsequent fatal beating of his father, Tian Sheng Yu.

The two Oakland men, both of whom have juvenile arrest records, appeared before Judge Yolanda Gonzalez Rogers in Alameda County Superior Court but did not enter pleas during their second court appearance. They are being held without bail.

Davis' attorney, John McDougall, declined to comment.

Prosecutors say the men were drinking rum, were upset about their lives and were looking for someone to punch shortly before they attacked the Yus on April 16 as father and son were on their way to shop for coins at a jewelry store. Prosecutors based that account on statements they say Drummer and Davis made to police.

Authorities say the son was sucker-punched first as the elder Yu was parking his car on Broadway. When Tian Sheng Yu approached the two men near the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue and, in Mandarin, demanded an explanation for the attack, the assailants turned on him, police say.

Drummer told investigators that "he had anger and frustration over his life and planned on hitting someone," police wrote in a statement that outlined grounds for the arrests.

In an interview with KTVU-TV on Friday, Police Chief Anthony Batts said that "to say that they were frustrated with their life is, for me, a bunch of crap. The reality is, I grew up in a very tough neighborhood. That does not give you the right to take a life."

Batts said he planned to meet with community leaders to defuse tensions that have arisen in the wake of Yu's slaying.

Yu was Chinese American and the two defendants are African American. Prosecutors did not file hate-crime charges, saying the men hadn't picked out their victims for racial reasons.


Pointer said of the slaying, "This is not a hate crime. My client has expressed remorse as it relates to this loss of life. He's a young man that has found himself in the middle of a very tragic situation, and he's not an evil person."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...#ixzz0m3Pxb4xA


seriously....WTF
 
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He killed two people, for no other reason than he was pissed with life, and he's not an evil person? One wonders how he defines evil.
 

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Yu was Chinese American and the two defendants are African American. Prosecutors did not file hate-crime charges, saying the men hadn't picked out their victims for racial reasons

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sounds like a damn hate crime to me.. and oh yeah,, he is fucking evil too. death sentence.
 

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I would call them chaotic evil due to the randomness. Too wild for neutral evil and no sense of organization or scruples like lawful evil

Yes I'm an old time D&D guy. Sue me.
 

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They have been overcharged according to CA PC which clearly states that for murder to be charged there must be a desire to kill and with 'malice afore thought'. Some DA's have been getting the murder charge to stick in drunk driving cases because they have been able to show a wilful disregard for the lives taken becaue after multiple DUI arrests they had to know that death was a very real possibility. I am sure that is how the DA in this case will attack it as well. Either way the two jackasses should never breath outside air again.
 

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How do lawyers sleep at night?

Because like it or not, we have a system where everyone has a right to a fair trial. Are guilty people going to go free? Sometimes, yes. However, I would not want a system that throws the innocent in jail either.
 

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You must be young and inexperienced.:rolleyes:

Don't get me wrong, I understand it occurs both ways in our current system already. However, everyone is entitled to a trial of some sort, especially when it comes to these kind of cases.
 

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