Oceanside bouncer pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter

VISTA (CNS) – A bouncer accused of knocking a man to the ground outside an Oceanside bar last month, resulting in his death several days later, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter, assault and other charges.

Derrick Lamont Belser, 40, was ordered held on $200,000 bail.

Belser was arrested last Friday in connection with the death of Oceanside resident Mark Girard.

Belser allegedly knocked the 27-year-old victim to the ground at the back entrance of the Fire Water Saloon in the 300 block of North Tremont Street on Dec. 28. Girard, a heavy equipment operator, struck his head on the ground when he fell, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Paramedics were called to an apartment 18 hours later and found Girard unconscious. He was hospitalized but died two days later. According to an obituary, Girard had recovered from a brain tumor 12 years ago.

Belser, a Vista resident, was named in an arrest warrant last Thursday and turned himself in the next day, according to Oceanside police. The defendant was described by the Sheriff’s Department as 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds.

Belser is expected to be back in court Jan. 29 for a readiness conference and Feb. 4 for a preliminary hearing.

He faces nine years in state prison if convicted.

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