Man accused in fatal July 4 fight to stand trial

By From page A3 | February 05, 2013

Anthony Ruiz

Anthony Ruiz

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Monday to stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge for his role in a July 4, 2012, street brawl that resulted in the death of a man who tried to intervene in the fight but who ended up dead.

At the conclusion of a Monday probable cause hearing, Anthony Ruiz, 32, was ordered to face the felony charge that carries a possible maximum 11-year prison sentence.

Ruiz, who is free on bail, was ordered back to court Feb. 26 to be arraigned and to possibly schedule dates for a jury trial. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.

Vacaville police believe Ruiz punched 20-year-old Tyler Grande during a street fight on the Fourth of July at a crowded post-fireworks gathering on Garden Circle. Ruiz allegedly walked up behind Grande and sucker-punched him twice in the back of the head.

Police responded to reports of the brawl and found Grande alone and unconscious in a gutter. He was rushed to the hospital and was put on life support after suffering blunt-force trauma to his head. He was pronounced dead July 15 at UC Davis Medical Center.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • truth be toldFebruary 05, 2013 - 4:51 am

    He should be charged with murder!

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  • the truth willl come out!!February 05, 2013 - 7:16 am

    truth be told.....yeah the truth will come out and then what...? Praying for both families. It is a tradey on both parts.... but the TRUTH will come out and we shall see....

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