Suspect in Dodger fan death released from jail

Suspect in Dodger fan death released from jail
September 27, 2013, 11:30 pm
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The San Francisco Police Department released suspect Michael Montgomery from custody on Friday evening. (AP)

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The man accused in the stabbing death of Dodger fan Jonathan Denver earlier this week was released from custody Friday night, according to Sheriff's officials.

A spokesman at the jail said Michael Montgomery, 21, was processed out of the facility at 9:04 p.m.

Montgomery's release comes just hours after District Attorney George Gascon said he wasn't ready to file criminal charges in the case for lack of evidence.

Gascon said prosecutors need to be certain they can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt before proceeding. In particular, he noted that there were no interviews with independent witnesses. "It is the People's burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in lawful self-defense," Gascon said. "It is vital for our office to have independent corroboration of the incident in order to meet our ethical obligation to charge this case."

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