Man to stand trial for manslaughter

Posted 6/10/09

The judge ruled June 8 that Leonard Ross should proceed to trial as a suspect in the death of Timothy Sanchez. The defense in the preliminary hearing …

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Man to stand trial for manslaughter

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The judge ruled June 8 that Leonard Ross should proceed to trial as a suspect in the death of Timothy Sanchez.

The defense in the preliminary hearing before 18th Judicial District Judge Ethan Feldman argued the prosecution had failed to refute the possibility previous injuries were the cause of Sanchez’s death. While the judge acknowledged the defense raised a number of issues, he did find there was probable cause to have Ross stand trial in district court.

Judge Feldman also set an arraignment for 8:30 a.m. July 2, when the suspect will be advised of the charges against him. He is tentatively charged with manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of Sanchez. Additionally, he is charged with second-degree assault and a crime of violence.

The charges stem from a March 1 incident in which Ross reportedly hit Sanchez two or three times in his head.

Later that night, Englewood paramedics took Sanchez to Swedish Medical Center, where he died the next day. The autopsy reported death was caused by a traumatic brain injury called a subdural hematoma,

The prosecution maintained it was the fight with Ross that caused the injures that led to Sanchez’s death, while defense attorneys maintained the fact Sanchez had suffered head injuries a few days before the March 1 incident could have been the cause of the death.

The judge’s ruling means it will be up to a jury to weigh the evidence and decide the case.

A more extensive story about the hearing will appear in the June 19 edition of the Englewood Herald.

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