Clayton Garzon will face trial on assault and hate crime allegations connected to the March 10 beating of a gay Davis man, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.
"We have evidence of a severe beating - not just a punch, but a significant beating," said Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg at Garzon's preliminary hearing.
Garzon faces three felony assault charges and hate crime enhancements in the attack outside the I Street home in Davis where Lawrence "Mikey" Partida had just celebrated his 33rd birthday.
Partida was severely beaten and hospitalized in the attack.
Rosenberg repeated the slurs Garzon, 20, of Davis, was alleged to have used during the beating before issuing the ruling.
"There is sufficient evidence to hold Mr. Garzon to answer," Rosenberg said.
Outside the courthouse, Partida, surrounded by family, said he was pleased the case against Garzon is moving to trial, hate charges intact.
"The hate crime (allegation) was very important to me," Partida said. "I know what happened. He knows what happened."