A Santa Monica man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Jan. 19 death.

Jaime Francisco Bertrand was arrested on Jan. 20 on a murder charge but the District Attorney’s office filed an Involuntary Manslaughter case against Bertrand during his court hearing on Jan. 22.  

The arrest stems from a fight and death that occurred on the 1100 block of 14th Street. 

According to SMPD, officers were called to the scene of a fight at about 8 p.m. on Sunday night where one individual had fallen unconscious. 

“Officers and Fire began CPR on the unconscious individual (victim) however they were unable to revive him,” said Lieutenant Candice Cobarrubias. “As of now, what we know is that there was a physical altercation between two individuals inside the home and as a result, one of the individuals passed away.”

As of Thursday, Bertrand remained on jail on $25,000 bail.

The victim has been identified as Charles Thomas Heisler, 52.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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  1. $25,000 bail in this case is insanity. Another way of indirectly promoting violent crime. This nonsense has to stop.

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