Witness in Michael Minafo case to 'take the Fifth'

Full story: Monterey County Herald

A 24-year-old Del Rey Oaks man plans to "take the Fifth" when he is called to testify at a preliminary hearing next month into the beating death of Mark Auria of Marina.
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Finally! The real criminal and killer is brought to the stand! I hope the Auria's find out who really did this to their beloved family member.
WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW

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The Attorney has a legal responsibility to inform his client of what he should do. It is the client that is the COWARD HERE!! It sounds like He was man enough to beat someone to death, but NOT MAN ENOUGH TO OWN UP TO IT!!
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Chicken ****!! How convenient of a convicted woman beater to not "self incriminate" himself by pleading the 5th. The D.A. is chicken-**** for advising such. This is someone's father that was killed out of a stupid argument and should have never ended this way
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these are under/uneducated hot tempered fools. What a disgrace to the Italian people.
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Feb 10, 2010
 
Mr. Dice is a good attorney. He's made some big claims here, my bet is that he can back them up.

Hope the DA does the right thing, but I'll put no $$ on that!
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This coming from someone in Seaside? I can assure you that Seaside has more "garbage" per capita than Marina does you idiot!
I don't live in Seaside. My ISP is apparently from Seaside today.
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Dice IS a good attorney. I hope there is enough money left over for when the Aurias sue. Mike Minafo knows what happened. Chris Minafo knows what happened. Vincent and Thomas both know too. All of them came running out of MINAFO'S house because they felt threatened from INSIDE the house? They beat a man to death and then ran BACK INSIDE THE HOUSE. The truth is they knew what they had done. ALL OF THEM KNEW. They ran inside to get their story straight. NONE OF THEM CALLED FOR HELP. NONE OF THEM OFFERED ASSISTANCE. Maybe only one person dealt the blow, but ALL of them bear the responsibility for his death. IF THEY WANT TO PROTECT EACH OTHER THEY SHOULD COLLECTIVELY PAY THE PRICE.

Minafo is a coward. He raised a coward son who hangs out with other cowards.
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Anonymous wrote:
Dice IS a good attorney. I hope there is enough money left over for when the Aurias sue. Mike Minafo knows what happened. Chris Minafo knows what happened. Vincent and Thomas both know too. All of them came running out of MINAFO'S house because they felt threatened from INSIDE the house? They beat a man to death and then ran BACK INSIDE THE HOUSE. The truth is they knew what they had done. ALL OF THEM KNEW. They ran inside to get their story straight. NONE OF THEM CALLED FOR HELP. NONE OF THEM OFFERED ASSISTANCE. Maybe only one person dealt the blow, but ALL of them bear the responsibility for his death. IF THEY WANT TO PROTECT EACH OTHER THEY SHOULD COLLECTIVELY PAY THE PRICE.
Minafo is a coward. He raised a coward son who hangs out with other cowards.
It is obvious that you don't know the Minafo's very well. They are the most decent, hardworking, caring, and honest family there is. In time the truth will come out and everyone will know the REST OF THE STORY...]
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I heard the Aurias came over throwing punches first intending to ask questions later. This could have been avoided by calling the cops ,we dont live back in the old wild wild west where you take the law into your own hands . FACT aurias came to minafos house banging on doors and throwing punches as soon as the door was answered.
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Your couldnt have said it any better Dwayne. Do people really think that the Aurias went to the Minafo house to discuss the reckless driving over tea and scones? Come on people! First they say Chris was driving the car. That HAS been proven wrong. Now they are acting like there was a house full of thugs. Was there any drugs? Any drunk men or women? Any loud music? Now that doesnt really sound like a party. Especially one with thugs.
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Anonymous wrote:
Dice IS a good attorney. I hope there is enough money left over for when the Aurias sue. Mike Minafo knows what happened. Chris Minafo knows what happened. Vincent and Thomas both know too. All of them came running out of MINAFO'S house because they felt threatened from INSIDE the house? They beat a man to death and then ran BACK INSIDE THE HOUSE. The truth is they knew what they had done. ALL OF THEM KNEW. They ran inside to get their story straight. NONE OF THEM CALLED FOR HELP. NONE OF THEM OFFERED ASSISTANCE. Maybe only one person dealt the blow, but ALL of them bear the responsibility for his death. IF THEY WANT TO PROTECT EACH OTHER THEY SHOULD COLLECTIVELY PAY THE PRICE.
Minafo is a coward. He raised a coward son who hangs out with other cowards.
Speaking of cowards...being "Anonymous" isn't cowardly at all!!!!
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No more or less cowardly than you right "Sac town"? But there's "make comments you don't like anonymously" cowardice and then there's "let's four or five of us go kill someone weaker than us and run away" cowardice.

OUR kind of cowardice isn't criminal right "Sac Town"?
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Wow. It must have really hurt you to hear the truth. It hurt so much that you are talking about things that have nothing to do with the story (reach arounds, Dropping soap). Insulting me is not going to help your friends convict a person who clearly defended himself. Since it is a known fact that mike was not driving the car or had prior problems with the Aurias he would have had to been sitting at his window waiting for the first person he seen to stand in the middle of the street so he could run out and kill them. Is that what you are saying? I sure hope not because that would be sad to know that the Aurias have someone with your intelligence backing them. I cant believe you said that they never made it to the front lawn when they themselves have stated they knocked on the door. Aurias please tell this person to stop helping you.
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Wow. It must have really hurt you to hear the truth. It hurt so much that you are talking about things that have nothing to do with the story (reach arounds, Dropping soap). Insulting me is not going to help your friends convict a person who clearly defended himself. Since it is a known fact that mike was not driving the car or had prior problems with the Aurias he would have had to been sitting at his window waiting for the first person he seen to stand in the middle of the street so he could run out and kill them. Is that what you are saying? I sure hope not because that would be sad to know that the Aurias have someone with your intelligence backing them. I cant believe you said that they never made it to the front lawn when they themselves have stated they knocked on the door. Aurias please tell this person to stop helping you.
Confirmed: You don't have to worry about my intelligence- YOU of all people REALLY don't have to worry... For the record I don't know the Aurias. I'm not trying to "help" them. For you to suggest ANYONE posting to a newspaper forum could help them exposes your ignorance. But then practically everything you’ve written exposes your ignorance.
You are correct in one respect. Your “reach arounds” and bending for the soap waiting to get lucky have nothing to do with the story. That was thrown in more to belittle you than anything else. I'm multifaceted that way. I can make a point AND ridicule you at the same time!
Since you fancy yourself an intellectual, let's explore your scenario...
You maintain that the driver of the vehicle was innocently racing his vehicle up and down the street when the Aurias viciously intimidated him while he was in his truck. Scared for his life he bolted for his only refuge- MINAFO'S house. He ran in the house, which of course made everyone else scared for their life. Then the bloodthirsty Aurias came to the door and everyone inside was SO frightened they OPENED THE DOOR all ran out and beat Mark Auria to death...
Since you seem incapable of holding a coherent thought in your head, here's some advice- you can't believe everything you think. What you would like to believe about your boyfriend and what is true don't match up. I get it. Love is blind and all that. Relax. California is a conjugal visit state.
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Anonymous... if you dont kow the auria's then you surely know the minafo's and it seems that youare a little biased against them. We seem to be missing the bigger picture here dont we my friend. A group of men came onto the minafo property banging on the garage door-Fact... minafo was assulted on HIS property-Fact... defended himself-Fact... and went back inside-Fact, so he is responible for what was done by the 3rd party in question? NO... and since you seem incapable of listening to anything but what the media has told you, who have gotten all of their facts from marina PD that is trying to incriminate these men right??? so in the end you are biased...
Now how many times have you seen a group of men go on someone elses property to talk? Just to talk and bang on someones door to envoke them into coming outside?? In the end the courts will sort it out and it seems that if auria would have done what people are told at a young age to do and call the police rather than taking the law into his own hands he may still be with us.
I get it though a life was lost that cant be replaced so lets just go ahad and get justice however we see fit right? even if it involves throwing a man in jail who defended himself and his property. Ignorance is bliss though so you must live one hell of a happy life dont ya???
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how was that for making a point and ridiculing sucka i too am mulifaceted...
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Really Anonymous? More insults? I never wrote a scenerio. I never implied that street racing is innocent in any way. And to top it all off, I never made any negative remarks about the Auria family. Read this a few times before you comment.
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I wonder why the two families just didn't stay away from each other in the first place. If they knew there was bad blood why encourage trouble? If I don't like someone I just stay away from them.
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"sucka please" is really the perfect handle for you isn't it? I'm going to try and dumb down my typing so you can understand- judging by your lack of reasoning skill (not to mention lack of english skills) most of it's still going to go over your head, but let's try anyway...
"if you dont kow the auria's then you surely know the minafo's and it seems that youare a little biased against them"
Guilty. Damn! I guess I won't make the jury. But isn't everyone on the forum biased one way or another. Otherwise, commenting is kind of pointless. Or in your case, commenting at all is pointless
"We seem to be missing the bigger picture here dont we my friend. A group of men came onto the minafo property banging on the garage door-Fact... minafo was assulted on HIS property-Fact... defended himself-Fact... and went back inside-Fact,"
First, we're not really friends because all my friends can communicate in proper english. Second, you hearing it from Shawniqua who heard it from Tyrell, who overheard two guys talking about it outside the liquor store doesn't make you an authority on the facts. With your language skills you couldn't be an authority if you were there filming it with a video camera.
"Now how many times have you seen a group of men go on someone elses property to talk? Just to talk and bang on someones door to envoke them into coming outside?? In the end the courts will sort it out and it seems that if auria would have done what people are told at a young age to do and call the police rather than taking the law into his own hands he may still be with us."
I don't live in the ghetto and I can't say I EVER have seen what you describe.(I'll have to take your word for that.) If MINAFO had called the police he wouldn't be on trial would he?
You can't be a homeowner because you have to have more than a third grade command of english before they let you sign contracts AND you don't know that you are held responsible for the actions of your guests. I guarantee what I believe to be the facts is not entirely accurate and I can sure as hell tell you what Shawniqua told you is not accurate.
The only fact not disputed is that Mark Auria died. Even if EVERYTHING you said was true NONE of it is a legitimate excuse to kill someone.
By the way, it's admirable that you're trying to use big words like "envoke" which is actually "invoke" and it means:
1 a : to petition for help or support
b : to appeal to or cite as authority
2 : to call forth by incantation
3 : to make an earnest request for
4 : to put into effect or operation

I was a little embarrassed for you when I read your post. We all have typos now and then, maybe we don't use the best grammar at all times and spelling is kind of a lost art, but DAMN! If you’re going to use a word AT LEAST know what it means!
I think you'd know better than I whether or not ignorance is bliss... I do "live one hell of a happy life" but I think it's because I have the education to earn a decent paycheck and because I don't have to work a second job, I have time to offer people like you a little free education on the side.
You are indeed multifaceted (unfortunately not in a good way)
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Really Anonymous? More insults? I never wrote a scenerio. I never implied that street racing is innocent in any way. And to top it all off, I never made any negative remarks about the Auria family. Read this a few times before you comment.
OK, I wanted to be fair to you so I read your comment 3 times.

Yes confirmed. Really.

The scenario I was referring to was "Since it is a known fact that mike was not driving the car or had prior problems with the Aurias he would have had to been sitting at his window waiting for the first person he seen to stand in the middle of the street so he could run out and kill them"

I likewise never implied MINAFO was "sitting at his window waiting for the first person he seen to stand in the middle of the street so he could run out and kill them." Or did someone else snatch your computer from you and write that scenario before you could catch him?

You seem proud that you never made any negative remarks about the Aurias, although considering the Aurias aren't the ones responsibile for another person's death a medal may be a bit premature.

I'm bitter because MINAFO outweighed that guy by about 100 lbs. His son was a wrestler in high school with a history of causing trouble. One of the guys arrested is a felon and now this a** is "taking the fifth". I wasn't there, the cops weren't there, but MINAFO was. If MINAFO would have stepped up like the "decent and caring" human being people on the forums are making him out to be, he wouldn't be in this mess. So if he killed Auria, he should go to prison. He at the very least knows who did so if he wants to keep secrets, let him go to prison, Greg Anderson did.
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FACT

This is our court room SCORE BOARD, this is whats costing the TAX PAYERS!!

Michael Minafo
10/11/05 traffic Monterey County DA
5/15/06 civil
12/30/09 felony (active)
TOTAL 3
Chris Minafo
Traffic
9/12/06 citation CHP
4/6/07 citation CHP
5/29/07 citation Carmel PD
4/3/09 citation Monterey PD
11/4/09 citation CHP
12/4/10 citation Marina PD
TOTAL 6 in 3 years
Criminal
6/3/06 misdemeanor Calif. Parks Dept.
12/16/08 misdemeanor Monterey PD
12/30/09 misdemeanor Monterey County Sherrif (active)
TOTAL 3 in 3.5 years
GRAND TOTAL 6
Thomas Barrera
Traffic
7/31/07 citation Monterey PD
8/24/07 citation Monterey PD
9/7/07 citation Monterey PD
8/8/08 citation Sand City PD
7/16/09 citation Monterey PD
8/25/09 citation CHP
TOTAL 6 in 3 years
Criminal
7/29/08 felony Monterey PD
12/4/09 misdemeanor Monterey PD (active)
12/30/09 misdemeanor Marina PD (active)
TOTAL 3 in 2 years
GRAND TOTAL 9
Vincent Faiello
Traffic
12/21/06 citation CHP
4/15/08 citation Monterey PD
5/9/08 citation Monterey PD
6/17/08 citation Monterey PD
10/9/08 citation CHP
1/27/09 citation Monterey PD
10/14/09 citation Monterey PD
11/10/09 citation Monterey PD
TOTAL 8 in 3 years
Criminal
11/29/04 misdemeanor Monterey PD
2/11/04 misdemeanor Marina PD
5/25/04 misdemeanor Monterey PD
3/26/08 misdemeanor Monterey PD
11/20/09 felony Monterey PD (active)
11/20/09 misdemeanor Monterey PD (active)
TOTAL 6 in 5 years
GRAND TOTAL 14
Mark Auria
GRAND TOTAL 0

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