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Brother of slain Fort Bragg Dodgers fan disputes claim of self-defense

SAN FRANCISCO — The brother of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan from Fort Bragg who was killed in a San Francisco brawl that police say was sparked by the long-running Dodgers-Giants rivalry is pushing back against claims that the stabbing was in self-defense.

At the same time, Robert Preece told San Francisco-based KGO-TV (http://bit.ly/1768pC5) he swung a chair in the melee after another, larger group of people came up behind them, the station reported on Thursday. He described the chair as an aluminum beach chair that was a gift from his father from Dodger Stadium and said he used it to protect his brother.

Preece's brother, Jonathan Denver, was fatally stabbed on Sept. 25 after attending the Dodgers-Giants game with Preece, their father and two others to celebrate their father's 49th birthday.

Police have said Denver's group, many wearing Dodgers garb, got into a shouting match over the Dodgers with the suspect, 21-year-old Michael Montgomery, and a group of people he was with — at least one of whom was wearing a Giants cap — a few blocks from the stadium.

Montgomery's father, Marty, has said his son was jumped during the fight and stabbed Denver in self-defense after Denver and others yelled "Giants suck." The father told the Lodi News-Sentinel that his son said Denver hit him over the head with a chair during the fight.


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