April 16, 2024
The San Diego County Superior Courtroom in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A younger man accused of participating within the killing of a homeless man at Bonita Cove Park final summer season was ordered Monday to face trial on a homicide cost.

Daniel Ruben Martin, 19, is accused within the loss of life of Michael Shook, 65, who was stabbed 3 times and crushed within the early morning hours of July 5.

Martin, who was 18 on the time of Shook’s loss of life, was arrested together with a then-17-year-old boy in reference to the murder. Martin is being tried as an grownup whereas the opposite defendant is in juvenile proceedings.

In accordance with preliminary listening to testimony in Superior Courtroom, the juvenile is accused of stabbing Shook, whereas each defendants are accused of beating the sufferer.

San Diego police Detective Chris Bernard, who interviewed each defendants, testified that Martin admitted to elbowing Shook within the face a number of instances and kicking him within the ribs.

“I didn’t kill him, however by the point I used to be completed with him, he was carried out,” Martin stated, in keeping with the detective.

Investigators additionally requested Martin concerning the sufferer’s pants, which had been balled up and located close to Shook’s physique. One in all Shook’s sneakers was entangled contained in the pants, which Deputy District Legal professional Shane Waller stated was per the pants being forcibly eliminated.

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Shook’s physique was discovered by police at Bonita Cove Park. Photograph courtesy OnScene.TV

Bernard stated Martin admitted the sufferer’s pants had been eliminated after the stabbing. When requested why, the detective stated Martin laughed, then stated “We thought it could be cool.”

Each teenagers’ accounts to detectives differed in some facets.

Martin stated his buddy and Shook initially bought right into a verbal argument with one another, that escalated into violence, the detective stated.

The juvenile stated Martin and Shook argued first and sooner or later, Shook pulled out a knife. The boy stated he grabbed Shook’s knife hand and compelled the sufferer’s personal blade into his physique, whereas Martin held Shook’s arm down, Bernard testified.

Protection lawyer Amy Balfe argued her shopper was being held answerable for acts dedicated by his buddy, the juvenile who allegedly stabbed Shook. Balfe cited testimony from a deputy medical expert who carried out Shook’s post-mortem and stated one of many stab wounds was what brought about Shook’s loss of life.

The lawyer additionally argued there could have been some provocation from Shook, noting that the knife used within the killing belonged to the sufferer.

She additionally stated that in keeping with one witness, Shook was crushed and repeatedly kicked by a gaggle of six folks earlier within the night time. Balfe argued that most of the sufferer’s accidents, together with greater than a dozen rib fractures, had been probably sustained in that altercation.