Valley Center man testifies that a Camp Pendleton Marine, 6 friends nearly beat him to death
Brawl started while tailgating in Chula Vista
Last Updated: 50 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Valley Center man came face-to-face with a Camp Pendleton Marine Thursday accused of severely beating him before a concert last year.
Zac Zander said Marine Sgt. Raymond Sharkey was one of seven men who jumped him outside of what was then-called Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Chula Vista on Sept. 22.
"I still have numbness in my face. I still can't feel part of my upper jaw and part of my face right here," Zander said in Department 8 of the South County Courthouse in Chula Vista.
Zander said he suffered several broken bones in his face and his leg when he was beaten by the men. He testified that the brawl began after a shoving match with Sharkey.
That confrontation started while tailgating before a Jason Aldean concert. Zander said he pushed Sharkey away from two of his female friends.
"At that point, almost a wrestling match ensued and we ended up both on the ground," testified Zander.
That’s when he said six other men jumped in.
"I was getting hit in the head and noticed that there was no way I could get up … I felt a sharp pain in my leg. That’s when I assumed someone stomped on my leg. I felt like people were trying to kill me," Zander said.
Zander said they let up when he told them he was done.
"I started counting how many of them there were right in front of them and counted out seven people and told them that they were a bunch of cowards," he said.
Zander said some of those men came back for more and beat him a second time.
The judge heard enough and said Sharkey will stand trial for two assault and battery felonies. There is no word on any pending charges against the other six men.
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