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DA: Attempted axe-murderer in court

CHICO, Calif. – A Chico man, accused of attempting to murder another man with an axe blow to the chest, was in Butte County Superior Court yesterday where a judge found sufficient evidence to send his case to jury trial.

Posted: Aug 26, 2020 1:58 PM

CHICO, Calif. – A Chico man, accused of trying to kill another man with an axe is going to trial. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 26 Judge Stephen Benson scheduled Matthew Dorenzo for further arraignment and jury trial setting on his charges on Oct. 14, 2020. 

Investigators say Dorenzo hit a man in the chest with an axe on May 22 of this year. The victim was camping with family  in Butte Meadows when Dorenzo's group asked if they could camp nearby, across the creek.

They say as the night went on Dorenzo and his group started partying and got loud enough that the victim and a friend asked them to keep it down. 

DA Mike Ramsey says that's when Dorenzo grabbed an axe, yelled he had already been convicted of assault, that he was a gang member and threatened to kill the victim. 

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Ramsey says Dorenzo crossed the creek and hit the victim in the chest with an axe causing a wound that was four inches long, two inches wide and deep enough that it hit bone.

After hitting the victim with an axe Ramsey says Dorenzo helped him up but then threw him into the creek.

Then the victim's family and Dorenzo's group began fighting that only ended when the victim's mother fired her rifle into the air.

The victim's wife rushed him to Enloe Medical Center where Ramsey says the surgeon said she was surprised he was still alive.

Dorenzo is charged with having a prior Assault with a Deadly Weapon as a prior strike offense for which he served prison time. Dorenzo is facing life in prison on the new attempted murder charge.

Dorenzo in the meantime remains free on a $1,000,000 bail bond he posted approximately a month after his arrest.

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