Three plead innocent in death of Marine in Old Pasadena
By André Coleman 08/15/2013
Three men have pleaded not guilty to felony charges stemming from a deadly confrontation outside a popular Old Pasadena nightclub.
On Aug. 7, Fernando Ramirez, 25, pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter, while Jonas Ramos, 24, and Angel Moroyoqui, 21, each pleaded not guilty to one count apiece of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury upon the victim, Joshua Martinez.
The men were arraigned in Pasadena Superior Court two days after they entered an El Monte hospital shortly after 1 a.m. suffering from stab wounds. The nature of the wounds prompted hospital officials to contact Pasadena police officers, who were investigating the death of Martinez, who suffered a severe head injury earlier that morning
Police say they arrived at the scene in the 100 block of East Colorado Boulevard and found the 25-year-old Martinez, a Marine reservist, unconscious and lying in the street. He was rushed to Huntington Hospital. He died early Tuesday morning without regaining consciousness.
According to Pasadena police Lt. Detective Terysa Rojas, Martinez was among two groups that first met up at Ix Tapa Cantina. Members of the two sides exchanged harsh words, but one group eventually left the restaurant while the other group stayed behind. Some time later, at around 12:50 a.m. on Aug. 5, members of the two groups met up again, this time in front of Barney’s Beanery, another popular night spot a few doors west of Ix Tapa.
Video of the incident near the entrance to Barney’s was taken by a taxicab’s dashboard camera and made public last week. It shows Martinez standing among several men in a dispute on the sidewalk. Martinez is hit by a punch, then falls motionless into the gutter. Martinez, a resident of Los Angeles, was on active duty and living at Camp Pendleton.
Ramirez is being held on $60,000 bail. If convicted he could be sentenced to nine years in prison.
Ramos and Morovoqui are each being held on $30,000 bail. If convicted, they both face four years in prison. Charges were not filed against Bania Aguirre, who was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.