Marine accused of 2012 beating: Trial begins

CHULA VISTA - Testimony began Thursday against a U.S. Marine accused of violently beating a man before a country music concert in 2012.

Raymond Sharkey could spend upwards of seven years behind bars if he is convicted in the beating of Zac Zander.

“I had extensive fractures and breaks throughout my face,” Zander testified at the South County Courthouse in Chula Vista.

Zander was severely beaten in 2012 while tailgating before a Jason Aldean concert at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista.  Zander testified it was Sharkey, who is stationed at Camp Pendleton.

The prosecutor called several witnesses to the stand including the plastic reconstructive surgeon who literally rebuilt Zander’s face.

Cell phone video was also played in court showing things heating up between two neighboring tailgate parties.

Two women who were at the party with Zander testified he was trying to calm everyone down.

Alcohol was a factor.  One woman testified Sharkey’s group had an agenda though.

“I just think they were belligerently drunk, trying to pick a fight,” she said.

Zander and his friends testified the fight escalated to a full on beating just as the concert was set to begin.
Zander said Sharkey and several of his buddies jumped him on two separate occasions.  Zander had his leg broken and his face was repeatedly beaten.

Sharkey was arrested after a long investigation.  There’s no word on the other men who were allegedly involved in the beating.

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