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Three Found Not Guilty On Felony Assault Charges

Three Found Not Guilty On Felony Assault Charges

The three defendants from a fight on the closing day of the 2017 Amador County Fair have been found not guilty of all charges.   Victoria King, Justin Yarborough and Cameron Crocker were all found Not Guilty on felony charges of Assault Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and Battery with Serious Bodily Injury by Judge James Garbolino following five days of trial beginning last week.   The charges stem from a confrontation on July 30th, 2017 between the defendants and Michael Blake in the Fair livestock area, which left Blake with a broken leg.  Following two days of jury selection, the defense elected to have a Judge trial.  Testifying for the prosecution, Blake said that the three had attacked him without provocation, while the defense team maintained that their clients had only acted in self-defense when an argument between Blake and Yarborough turned physical.   Witnesses for both sides painted a confused picture of the incident.   With no one outside the four involved seeing the whole event, the speed and confusion of the fight, as well as the amount of time that had passed, meant witnesses varied greatly in their description of what happened in both large and small details.   After the prosecution rested its case, defense attorneys for the three moved to dismiss the charges, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Judge Garbolino agreed in part, declaring Crocker not guilty and King guilty of only misdemeanor assault.   Following the presentation of the defense case and witnesses Wednesday afternoon, Judge Garbolino declared Yarborough not guilty of both charges and dismissed the remaining charge against King.                                                 

Written by Craig Baracco



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