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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Comments (4)
  1. John Holmes says:

    We need to close our borders to keep these type of people out of our once great country. They steal, rob, kill, rape, spray paint and have anchor babies to collect weflare. This is why California is broke to these leeches.

    1. Game Over says:

      It’s too late. We’re infested with 3rd world criminals from the south and their worthless children who become criminals that breed more useless babies. The country is in its death bed anyway.

  2. rich says:

    if he was not taken to a hospital till the next day how do we know for sure his death was a result of that fight? is it not possible something else happen to cause his death

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