VISTA (CNS) - Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against a man arrested last Friday following the death of an acquaintance during an alcohol-fueled fight at an Escondido home, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
However, Martin Vasquez, 43, remains in custody on an immigration hold, according to jail records.
District Attorney spokesman Steve Walker said the case against Vasquez was rejected, and is not under review. He did not elaborate.
Officers and paramedics responding to a report of a medical emergency in the 300 block of West Seventh Avenue about 7:30 a.m. Friday found the body of the victim, a man in his 40s whose name has not been released. He had suffered extensive blunt-force injuries to his head, Escondido police Sgt. Shannon Murphy said.
Detectives soon identified Vasquez as the alleged killer and took him into custody.
The fatality occurred during an "alcohol-fueled event" with witnesses present, Murphy said. She declined to elaborate on the reason for the dispute or say if either the suspect or victim lived at the home where it occurred.
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Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
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Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.