Man Arrested in Slaying of Dodgers Fan Released; No Charges Filed

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Jonathan Denver, pictured left, poses with his father and brother at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sept. 25, 2013. The 24-year-old was fatally stabbed hours later. (credit: Matt Gomes)

A 21-year-old Lodi man arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver was released from jail Friday night after the San Francisco district attorney declined to file charges.

Michael Montgomery was booked on suspicion of murder in Denver’s death on Thursday.  He was released from custody at 9:04 p.m. Friday, according to San Francisco County Sheriff’s officials.

At a statement Friday night San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said there was not enough evidence to move forward with the case.

“In order to meet our ethical obligation in charging this case, we must have a good faith basis to believe we can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Gascon said. “It is vital for our office to have independent corroboration of the incident in order to meet our ethical obligation to charge this case.”

“My office extends its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Jonathan Denver’s family,” Gascon said. “We are extremely concerned about the loss of life and want to make sure justice is served.”

Denver, 24, was stabbed to death near AT&T Park in San Francisco Wednesday night when a fight broke out about 90 minutes after a Dodgers-Giants game.

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