Garrett Doty, a homeless man accused of fatally beating former San Francisco fire commissioner Don Carmignani earlier this month, will be released from prison after city officials lost an evidentiary hearing.
The latest development in the case comes after videos allegedly showed Mr Carmignani attacking homeless people with bear spray in eight incidents between November 2021 and January 2023.
The footage, obtained by Mr. Doty’s public defender, Kleigh Hathaway, allegedly shows an officer approach the homeless man on April 5 of this year, cover his face, and pull what appears to be a spray can. out of his pocket, which prompted Mr. Doty. passed because “he knows that Mr. Carmignani has a pattern of spraying and attacking homeless people.”
Police body camera footage also captures Mr. Camignani allegedly telling his girlfriend, after the confrontation, “Don’t say anything to anybody, don’t say anything to the police,” Mission Local reports.
On Tuesday, Mr. Carmignani gave an interview in which he described the attack in detail and called homeless people “animals on the street.”
“I didn’t go out there to fight anybody. I’m trying to get them down the road, go to the park,” Mr. Carmignani told CBS Bay Area. “It’s three-on-one. I know contradictions. I’m 52 years old. I’ve replaced two hips. I’m an old man, I could be a dead man.”
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said the fire officer could not appear in court because of his injuries, pushing the evidentiary hearing until May 23.
“Mr. Carmignani has not provided an interview to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) on this case despite multiple requests for an interview,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
Nick Colla, Mr. Carmignani’s attorney, told the San Francisco Standard that his client was not the man seen in the video.
He also said the former fire officer had missed court because of his extensive injuries from the April 5 encounter, in which he alleged Mr Doty attacked him with a metal pipe and left him with a broken jaw and fractured skull. ‘Mr Carmignani asked the man. leaving the area outside his mother’s house.
“My client was struck repeatedly with a metal rod while retreating a distance of nearly two city blocks from the initial point of contact with the defendant,” the attorney said in a statement.
“The brief interview he gave to a reporter from the comfort of his living room to indicate that he is healthy enough to appear in court, and to address the media circus surrounding this case, is heartbreaking. ,” he said.
The new allegations in the case mark yet another shocking twist in a recent high-profile attack in San Francisco.
Elon Musk and other members of the tech community were accused of murdering Cash App founder Bob Lee to paint a false picture of a city where street crime was on the rise, only for the prime suspect in the case to emerge as a tech co-worker who Nima’s name. Momeni, who denies involvement in the killing.