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DA's Office says investigator acted in self-defense in courthouse fight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SANTA ANA – Prosecutors on Thursday urged a judge not to remove them from an assault trial after an altercation in a courthouse hallway, saying an Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigator only struck a defense attorney in self-defense.

The fight last week between attorney James Crawford and D.A. Investigator Dillon Alley has temporarily halted the trial of 29-year-old Adrian Arroyo on the verge of jury selection.

In a motion filed on Thursday, Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Lockhart blamed Crawford for the altercation, refuting the attorneys claims that he was attacked and didn’t fight back.

“Crawford was no victim,” Lockhart wrote. “Investigator Alley responded in self-defense to Crawford’s hitting him in the face.”

Both men were involved in the Arroyo trial – Crawford as an attorney for a potential witness and Alley as an investigator assisting Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Kirk. Tensions boiled over during a routine pre-trial hearing on March 9, resulting in the physical altercation at the courthouse.

Read the whole story at OC Register

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