Feud Between DA, San Francisco Police Over Release of Suspect in Dodgers Fan Stabbing Death

Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, is a free man after allegedly stabbing a Dodgers fan to death.

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    Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, was not charged with the murder of a 24-year-old wearing Dodgers gear who was stabbed Sept. 25.

    A murderer is on the loose -- or an man is merely innocent before proven guilty.

    Which is it? It depends on whether you ask the San Francisco Police Department or the District Attorney.

    Suspect in Death of Dodger Fan Out of Jail

    [BAY] Suspect in Death of Dodger Fan Out of Jail
    The sheriff's office says there wasn't enough evidence to charge Michael Montgomery in the death of Jonathan Denver, so he was released. (Published Friday, Sep 27, 2013)

    Some of the police involved in the arrest of Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, think District Attorney George Gascón is letting the suspect in the murder of a Dodgers fan last week get away with murder, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    Montgomery says that he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed Jonathan Denver, 24, on Sept. 25 following a fight fueled by the Giants-Dodgers baseball rivalry.

    Family of Slain Dodger Fan Speaks Out

    [BAY] Family of Slain Dodger Fan Speaks Out
    The family of the Dodger fan, who was killed near AT&T Park last week, is speaking out for the first time. They are asking for anyone who saw the fight last Wednesday, that led to the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, to contact police. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports from AT&T Park. (Published Sunday, Sep 29, 2013)

    Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, died after the late-night fight. Montgomery didn't attend the game, but was with at least one other person who was wearing a Giants hat.

    Montgomery has been released from custody without Gascón filing charges. That is angering police, the newspaper reported.

    Police said Montgomery fled the scene and dumped the knife with which he stabbed Denver -- all signs that Gascón should file some kind of charges, the newspaper reported.

    Police are now re-interviewing witnesses -- all of whom were drinking when the killing went down -- and reviewing security footage in order to build a case that will produce charges, the newspaper reported.