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College Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Jewish Demonstrator’s Death

Posted by Dan Kann | Jun 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

In a significant development, Loay Abdel Fattah Alnaji, a 51-year-old college professor from Moorpark, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the tragic death of Paul Kessler, a Jewish man who succumbed to injuries sustained during a protest in Thousand Oaks last year.

The incident, which occurred on November 5, 2023, at the intersection of Thousand Oaks and Westlake boulevards, has drawn significant attention and stirred community sentiments. According to Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko, Alnaji is accused of pushing Kessler during the protest, causing him to fall and sustain fatal injuries.

Alnaji faces multiple serious charges, including felony involuntary manslaughter and felony battery causing serious bodily injury. Additionally, the prosecution has included a special allegation that Alnaji personally inflicted great bodily injury on Kessler. These charges collectively carry a potential maximum sentence of four years in prison if Alnaji is convicted on all counts.

Paul Kessler, 69, was a passionate supporter of Israel and was participating in the protest when the altercation occurred. Prosecutors allege that Kessler's death was a direct result of head injuries inflicted when Alnaji struck him with a megaphone, causing him to fall onto the concrete sidewalk.

Currently, Alnaji is out on bail set at $50,000. His not guilty plea sets the stage for a trial that will delve into the details of the confrontation and the circumstances leading to Kessler's tragic death.

At Kann California Law Group, our career criminal defense attorneys understand the profound impact such charges can have on the lives of those involved. Facing serious criminal charges like involuntary manslaughter and battery requires experienced legal representation to navigate the complexities of the legal system and to ensure that every aspect of the case is thoroughly examined.

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Dan Kann

Daniel E. Kann has devoted his entire legal career exclusively to defending individuals facing criminal prosecution in Southern California. Dan fights criminal cases throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.


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