Huntington Beach Man, 24, Pleads Not Guilty In Punching Death Of Man Outside Stanton Bar

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 24-year-old Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter for the punching death of another man at a bar in Stanton last month.

Oscar Raul Medina-Perez also pleaded not guilty to a felony count of battery with serious injury today. The involuntary manslaughter charge was added since Medina-Perez’s initial appearance in court last month because the victim — 24-year-old Leovardo Vera Bustos — died July 22.

Medina-Perez and Bustos allegedly got into an argument in front of the La Barca Night Club July 5, Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh said.

Surveillance video shows Medina-Perez punching Bustos and the victim losing consciousness, Baytieh said.

Bustos was taken to a hospital the next morning when he was found in bed unresponsive bleeding from his nose, Baytieh said.

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