Last year, a Black Lives Matter supporter allegedly driving through a crowd of supporters of then-President Donald Trump won a round in court that could ultimately lead to her avoiding trial.
On Friday, Judge Michael A. Leversen ruled in favor of Tatiana Turner, who allegedly ran for two September 2020 protesters in Yorba Linda, California, according to Orange County Register.
Leversen ruled that Turner’s attorney was not given a chance to present witnesses or arguments during the preliminary hearing.
“The court found that the defendant was denied a substantial constitutional right,” the judge said.
Leversen said his ruling was not about the evidence against Turner but about the manner in which her hearing was conducted.
WARNING: Some viewers will find the following video disturbing.
Another angle of Tatiana Turner running past Trump supporters in Yorba Linda on September 26, 20
Turner is being charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. pic.twitter.com/UZVcAVZHTV
– Tomas Morales (@TomasMorales_iv) September 29, 2020
Following the ruling, prosecutors immediately re-filed charges against Turner, including attempted murder, disorderly conduct and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Turner pleaded not guilty.
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A new preliminary hearing will be scheduled. At that point, a judge will rule if there is enough evidence against Turner to proceed with the trial. If the judge rules that there is not enough evidence, Turner will be released.
Turner’s first hearing before Judge Beatriz MG Gordon lasted three days, but ended before the defense could call any witnesses. Gordon determined there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial.
Public defender Alisha Montoro filed a petition blaming prosecutors for the unusual length of the hearing.
“It is fundamentally unfair and a breach of due process to arrest Miss Turner, on charges that if convicted she would face life in prison, where she was denied the opportunity to establish a the defense asserted solely because the time estimate provided by the parties was incorrect. ,” wrote Montoro.
District Attorney John Maxfield tried to save the case by saying, “At the end of the day, the defense did an excellent job with the time they had. They have not shown they need more. “
Video Tatiana Turner running on 2 people in Yorba Linda CA at a BLM rally. pic.twitter.com/jaA405t94G
– Erin Thomas (@erinred78) September 27, 2020
Fees derived from a Black lives are worth it too demonstration on September 26, 2020, in which supporters of the former President Donald Trump are also protesting nearby. The two sides eventually merged, and a scuffle broke out.
Turner allegedly got into a vehicle surrounded by more than a dozen protesters, accelerated, stopped and accelerated again, running over the head of a woman and the feet of a man.
Turner told police that protesters had pointed guns at her and that she acted in self-defence, but police say no guns were seen during the protest.
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