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Could fight footage lead to case being dropped?

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 4:58 PM +10:00 Updated:

It was a brutal beating caught on tape, and that fight footage could be Jonathan Ross Pangelinan's ticket to freedom. Back in court today, defense appeared optimistic the case could be dropped.

The Chief Medical Examiner has changed his opinion. This according to defense for Jonathan Ross Pangelinan, the man charged with killing his co-worker, Leebrick Manglona. Back in March, the men got into a fight after a Mes Chamoru celebration at their jobsite. Manglona didn't survive.

Though an autopsy performed days later determined the manner of death a homicide, Public Defender Stephen Hattori advised the court they await a supplemental report from the Medical Examiner's Office.

Hattori telling KUAM post-hearing that defense conducted a video interview with Dr. Aurelio Espinola. That's when they learned the government never showed him the AK Toyota surveillance video.

Hattori telling KUAM, "After he reviewed the video, he basically - in our video interview - he said that no charges should've been filed."

The supplemental report, they anticipate, will also state the men were engaged in mutual combat and that Manglona died from trauma caused by a fall that happened after the fight. Hattori added, "He did not have the toxicology report at the time as well. So, based on that additional information, his opinion changed."

Judge Michael Bordallo reported he'd be issuing a decision and order on Pangelinan's motion for release on Thursday, but that filing was not available as of newstime.

A return hearing is set for September 27.

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