A man lodged in the Ventura County Jail for violating a domestic violence restraining order died last month while in custody. Police arrested the man, Michael Larios Torres, on October 5. He remained jailed while awaiting a court appearance. Jail officials found the man unresponsive in his cell on October 25.
Despite receiving treatment by emergency personnel, the man died at the jail. Police later indicated that Torres died as the result of blunt force trauma and compression to his neck. Officials ruled the death a homicide and charged the man’s cellmate, Vu Cong Dao, 35 of Palmdale, with murder.
Police arrested Dao for felony burglary and misdemeanor vandalism. While in custody, jail officials also charged Dao with resisting an executive officer and battery upon an officer. Two days later, Dao allegedly assaulted Torres, resulting in his death.
Dao remains in custody on a $2 million bond and will return to court on November 26 for matters related to his cases.
Oxnard Domestic Violence Attorney
When you face domestic assault charges, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes domestic abuse cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
One of Mr. Helfend’s first priorities will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. This is essential to your long term defense strategy. Avoiding felony convictions is essential in California. A history of felony convictions in California could place you in prison for life. In addition, reducing charges against you may make you eligible for bail, or reduce your bail amount. This can enable you to remain free on bond while your matter makes its way through the courts.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. Also, don’t assume that you have no options once you’ve been arrested. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County domestic violence case.
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