Manslaughter defendant stomped on unconscious victim
May 14, 2016
One of the defendants on trial for killing a San Miguel man in 2014 appears to stomp on the victim as he lies unconscious outside the Elkhorn bar, in a video shown to jurors on Thursday. [Tribune]
On Sept. 7, 2014, Alvaro Medrano, 54, of San Miguel died during a fight outside the Elkhorn bar. Sergio Aranda, 36, and Travis Woolf, 37, both of whom were prison guards, are on trial for voluntary manslaughter stemming from the bar fight.
Aranda and Woolf, also residents of San Miguel, have pleaded not guilty, saying they acted in self defense. Following their arrests, both suspects were terminated from Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County.
In the video taken from a surveillance camera at a neighboring business, Woolf punches Medrano several times in the head. After Medrano falls to the ground, Aranda runs over and appears to kick and stomp on Medrano.
“The guy who started the fight got hit really hard. … He’s unconscious or something,” said bartender Danielle Boatwright in one of the 911 calls.
The SLO County District Attorney’s Office argues that Medrano died from a blow to the head, as reported by the medical examiner, and that Aranda then kicked him while he was down leading to the charges of voluntary manslaughter. The trial will continue on Monday.