A man who allegedly fatally injured another passenger on an MTS bus in downtown San Diego pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Edward Hilbert55, is charged in the May 1 death of a 28-year-old woman Anthony McGuffeywho died about an hour after police said they were called in response to “a violent disturbance” on a bus in the 1400 block of F St.
Police said McGaffe was found lying on the floor of the bus, unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to San Diego police, McGaffe apparently “became involved in an altercation with a female passenger” on the bus and Hilbert intervened, restraining McGaffe for “several minutes.”
During this time, Mcgaffe “lost consciousness, suffered medical distress and eventually died.” San Diego Police Lt. Steve Shebloski said.
Hilbert was arrested on suspicion of murder, but Mr San Diego County Prosecutor’s Office he did not immediately file charges in the case.
While no new specific details about the fatal encounter were shared in court during Hilbert’s arraignment Tuesday afternoon, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said Hilbert was “engaging in a lawful act that he committed in an unlawful manner.”
The prosecutor said outside the court, “it is important to understand that when someone gets involved to protect someone else, that it is not white to commit any act, that there are limits.”
Hilbert, who remains out of custody, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
Defense attorney Heather Boxeth said after the hearing: “We are extremely disappointed in the District Attorney’s charge for what turned out to be a tragic accident.”
According to the lawyer, Hilbert was not the only passenger on the bus “who helped defend a woman who was attacked.”
Boxeth said, “I think that makes it very clear that you don’t want to act as a Good Samaritan … it sends a very bad statement to the community.”
City News Service contributed to this article.
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