Woman accused of pushing man to his death pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter
Last Updated: 66 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A woman accused of killing a man she had been dating by pushing him over a fence to the concrete below, then holing up in a Mountain View home for nearly seven hours, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.
Georgette Cervantes, 58, also known as Georgette Cervantes Cramer, faces six years in prison if convicted. She was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Around 9:20 p.m. last Wednesday, paramedics were called to treat a severely injured man found lying on the sidewalk outside a home in the 3700 block of Franklin Avenue. The 50-year-old man -- identified as John Osmer -- later died of his injuries. When officers went to question Cervantes, who lives in the home, she allegedly refused to cooperate and holed up in the residence.
Deputy District Attorney Karl Husoe said earlier that day, the defendant's brother heard his sister arguing in the back of the residence and saw her wielding a pipe. The defendant -- who was standing near the victim at the time -- threw the pipe at her brother, then went back inside the home, the prosecutor said.
Later that day, Osmer was leaving the residence by climbing over a 5- to 6-foot fence -- as was his custom -- when the defendant approached from behind and pushed him over to the other side, breaking his neck, Husoe alleged.
Shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, SWAT officers entered the home and took Cervantes into custody, said SDPD homicide Lt. Mike Hastings. Police also escorted the suspect's mother out of the home, though she was not arrested.
The motive for the killing was not disclosed.
A readiness conference was scheduled for Oct. 17 and a preliminary hearing for Oct. 21.
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