Yolo prosecutors want bail increase, earlier arraignmnet in hate crime case

Published: Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 - 10:56 am

Prosecutors want to increase the bail and move up the arraignment of the Davis man held in an alleged hate attack, calling him "an extreme danger to the community."

Clayton Daniel Garzon, 19, was held briefly at Yolo County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on assault, hate crime and other allegations connected to the March 10 beating of Lawrence "Mikey" Partida, of Davis, near Third and I streets in Davis as Partida walked home from a party.

Partida was beaten unconscious in the attack and remains hospitalized with various injuries. Garzon is accused of hurling anti-gay slurs at Partida before and after the attack.

Garzon remains free on bail in the incident pending an April 12 arraignment in Yolo Superior Court.

Prosecutors want to set a Monday arraignment and bail hearing to return Garzon to Yolo County custody and increase his bail to $500,000.

"He is clearly a danger to our county, and therefore his bail should reflect that circumstance," said Garrett Hamilton, Yolo County supervising deputy district attorney, in a motion filed Wednesday. "With public safety at issue in this case, we should not wait until April 12 to arraign him on the complaint," the motion stated.

Garzon was on release from Solano County connected to a September 2012 knife attack in Dixon when he turned himself over to Davis police March 14, days after the Partida attack. Garzon faces felony assault charges in the Dixon incident. Garzon later posted bail in the Davis incident, Yolo County district attorney's officials said.

Hamilton said in the filing that the felony charges against Garzon in the incident are "strike" offenses.

They include a new felony allegation of making criminal threats, which he said requires a larger bail amount, and said that Yolo jailers did not add bail for great bodily injury and hate enhancements.

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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