LANCASTER – A 12-member jury and two alternates have been chosen for the trial of a 35-year-old man brought up on criminal charges after a violent scuffle with deputies in front of a local hospital nearly two years ago.
The jury was seated Friday at the Antelope Valley courthouse for the trial of Marco Chiclana, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Opening statements in the case are likely to start Monday morning (Feb. 25), officials said.
Chiclana is charged with battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, attempted mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in an altercation with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in front of Antelope Valley Hospital on April 2, 2011. The fight was captured by hospital surveillance cameras (view the video above).
Chiclana had called deputies to the hospital for assistance, because Chiclana’s father was disoriented after surgery and trying to leave the hospital against doctors’ wishes. For reasons unclear by the parking lot security footage, Chiclana ended up in fight with six deputies in the hospital parking lot.
Chiclana, who suffered multiple facial fractures, head injuries and broken bones, was arrested after the incident and later charged with multiple felony counts. Chiclana’s 63-year-old mother, Maria Chiclana, and a family friend, Ibarra De Leon, were also arrested and charged with felony resisting an officer.
The criminal charges were eventually dismissed against Maria Chiclana and Ibarra De Leon (read more here).
In November of 2011, the Chiclana’s and De Leon filed a civil lawsuit against Los Angeles County alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest and false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and violation of civil rights (read more here). The civil lawsuit is still pending.