FRED GLADDIS / Davis Enterprise

Clayton Garzon appears in Yolo Superior Court on Wednesday, where his bail rose to $520,000.

Bail raised to $520,000 for teen accused of hate-crime beating in Davis

Published: Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 - 2:36 pm | Page 1B
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 6:12 pm

The teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal March 10 beating of a Davis man saw his bail increased nearly sevenfold to $520,000 Wednesday as prosecutors detailed his alleged victim's injuries.

Clayton Daniel Garzon, 19, is accused of violently attacking Lawrence "Mikey" Partida near Third and I streets in Davis in the early morning hours, using anti-gay slurs during the incident. Garzon, also a Davis resident, appeared Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court on felony battery and threat charges with hate crime enhancements.

"This case is quite concerning to me," said Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio, who presided over the hearing.

Garzon turned himself over to Davis police in the days after the attack and posted $75,000 bail. But prosecutors, calling Garzon a danger to the community and a risk to flee, petitioned to increase Garzon's bail to $500,000 and return him to custody.

Partida's friends, family and supporters gathered outside the courthouse, some wearing T-shirts that read, "Stop Hate. Justice for Mikey."

The attack occurred when Partida was returning from a house party. His mother, Gloria Partida, in clear, even tones, detailed in court a grim inventory of injuries the younger Partida absorbed: a fractured skull, bleeding in his brain, a face covered in bruises.

Her son, she said, needed surgery to remove a 2-inch piece of wood from behind his eye after being impaled on a fence post.

Earlier, she read from a statement in court that "it is unjust that my son has spent the last two weeks unable to move about freely in the community while his assailant has," adding her son has a stress disorder caused by the beating. Writing and other everyday tasks have become difficult, she added.

Garzon was dressed Wednesday in a dark suit with attorney Linda Parisi beside him in a Woodland courtroom. He stood staring straight ahead throughout the proceedings.

He offered only a slight nod of acknowledgment to his own supporters as he was handcuffed by a bailiff at the end of the hearing for his trip to Yolo County jail.

His earlier bail amount was returned to family. It was not immediately known if Garzon posted the higher bail ordered in court Wednesday.

Prosecutors described Garzon as a young man who became violent and out-of-control when he was under the influence of alcohol. They said he was intoxicated during a violent brawl in Dixon in September that left one person with a collapsed lung and sent Garzon to Solano County jail on an assault charge. He was free on bail in the Solano incident at the time of the Davis attack.

They say Garzon also was intoxicated during his alleged assault on Partida, and that he knocked on a neighbor's door after the attack, again using anti-gay slurs to boast about the beating.

Parisi called the beating "a very tragic event," but challenged the hate crime allegations, calling the alleged use of slurs a "sad commentary on today's youth, but not necessarily an expression of hate."

According to news reports, Garzon's father is Dr. Hernando Garzon, an emergency room physician famed for delivering health care to disaster-torn nations in his off-hours.

Parisi said Clayton Garzon has deep ties to the community, was raised in a tolerant home and has since voluntarily entered a treatment program for alcohol abuse.

But Beronio was not impressed. She increased his bail to $520,000 – $20,000 more than prosecutors requested. She ordered that he be "supervised intensively" by probation officers if released from custody and that he wear a GPS device.

Afterward, Parisi disagreed with the ruling.

"I'm disappointed," she said. "I don't believe he's a young man who engaged in a hate crime."

Outside the courtroom after the hearing, Partida's cousin Vanessa Turner said the increased bail "felt like it was a little bit of a small victory. We would've been disappointed if it hadn't come out in our favor. It was a relief."

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for April 26 in Yolo Superior Court.

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

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