FULLERTON – A 35-year-old man police suspect of getting into a fatal fight with another man in Fullerton is facing drug-possession charges as authorities await the results of a medical examiner’s report before determining whether to charge him in the death.
Jacob Leroy Bach has been charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, police said. Orange County Sheriff’s Department records show he was released from the James A. Musick facility after posting bond.
Officers responding to reports of a person down in a commercial building in the 1100 block of East Elm Avenue near Raymond Avenue about 6:30 a.m. July 3 found two men bleeding. Both men were taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange.
One of the men, who authorities identified as Steven Pratt, 44, died at the hospital.
The other man, who authorities have identified as Bach, was treated for his injuries and arrested on suspicion of drug possession upon his release from the hospital, Sgt. Jeff Stuart said.
Fullerton detectives have presented their case to the District Attorney’s Office, Stuart said, but prosecutors are awaiting the results of the medical examiner’s report before deciding whether to charge Bach in Pratt’s death.
Police believe Pratt and Bach got into a fight but have not identified what led to the confrontation. They do not believe weapons were involved.
The commercial space where the two were found includes rented studios where bands often gather to practice or perform, which is why police believe that they were in the area. The OC Weekly has reported that both men were members of a Fullerton-based band.
By SEAN EMERY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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