From Jessica Prokop's 4-6-17 The Columbian article entitled "Murder Trial Gets Underway with Opening Statements: Battle Ground Man Accused in August 2015 Altercation at Storage Facility":
"A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a
man accused of beating another man to death with an aluminum baseball
bat could not have been acting in self-defense.
"Stephen Reichow, 35, struck Brandon Maulding nearly 20 times in the
head with the bat during an altercation Aug. 1, 2015, outside a storage
facility in Battle Ground, Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said during
opening statements in Reichow’s murder trial in Clark County Superior
"The two Battle Ground men were acquaintances. Maulding, who was 36, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Smith argued that the level of violence indicates it was not self-defense.
"'A picture can be worth a thousand words, and I think this picture
says a lot,' Smith said as he flashed a grisly photo of Maulding’s body
across a large screen. 'He beat him to a pulp.'
"Reichow’s defense attorney, Sean Downs, argued that there are two
sides to every story and 'sometimes three, four, five. It’s not always
going to fit together perfectly for you,' he told the jury.
"What the attorneys do seem to agree on is that Reichow and Maulding
had been hanging out earlier in the day. They were picked up by another
friend, Anne Tanninen, from Maulding’s house and went to a storage unit
that Tanninen had rented.
"The trio was inside the storage space when Tanninen received a
strange phone call, Smith said, from someone talking about $5,000, drugs
and picking something up. He said both Reichow and Tanninen shared
paranoid beliefs about the world, and they thought they were being 'gang
stalked.' Gang stalking can include being harassed by an organized
group of people."
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