A 41-year-old Orange County man was ordered today to stand trial for allegedly smashing a beer bottle onto the head of a Dallas Cowboys' fan at a Chargers game in San Diego Sept. 29.
Judge Michael Smyth ruled there is enough evidence for Ramon Heredia to stand trial Feb. 28 on an assault with a deadly weapon charge that could send him to state prison for up to four years.
Out of custody on $30,000 bail, Heredia entered a not guilty plea to the charge at an earlier court hearing.
Before Smyth handed down his ruling, 31-year-old Joshua Zumwalt testified he was wearing the jersey of Cowboy Dez Bryant (No. 88) and having a friendly encounter with Heredia's group of tailgating Chargers' fans after the game that San Diego won 30-21. But then the trash talking began, followed by Zumwalt getting punched by one unidentified fellow and then believing he had been sucker-punched to the side of the head by another. He did not discover until later that the second hit came from a beer bottle. Watch this:
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Zumwalt, who stands about 6-foot-5, confided he was buzzed from several beers before and after the game, but he denied a report that he had pushed a woman or had to be restrained before getting to Heredia's group, according to a report by City News Service's Kelly Wheeler. But the video above begins with Zumwalt being calmed down by others in Cowboys jerseys.
The bottle-battered one said he believed he suffered a concussion, that he missed a day of work but that he did not see a doctor.