Second no contest plea in Caltrain beating


Robert Davis, one of two men charged with felony assault following an incident at the Menlo Park Caltrain station in September, has pleaded no contest.

Mr. Davis' attorney initially asked the judge to dismiss the charge, but withdrew that request under the condition that Mr. Davis serve no time in state prison, and no more than 90 days in county jail, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Mr. Davis, 22, joins 25-year-old co-defendant Matthew Walker in pleading no contest. Mr. Walker, a champion in the 2009 Judo President's Cup tournament, accepted three years' supervised probation after spending six months in jail.

According to the district attorney's office, Mr. Walker struck up a conversation with another man about judo as they waited for rides after getting off the train on Sept. 29, 2009. Things escalated after Mr. Walker started demonstrating some moves, with Mr. Walker breaking the man's leg.

When the man's friend started to record the assault with a cell phone camera, Mr. Davis allegedly snatched the phone and demanded $20. The man Mr. Walker had beaten took out his own phone to call police, and Mr. Walker and Mr. Davis attacked both men, knocking the second man unconscious, according to the district attorney's office.

Mr. Davis is free on $50,000 bail. Sentencing is scheduled for April 27.

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