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Bail revoked for fatal beating of Belmont bar patron
May 11, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Joseph Kaufman

A judge Friday ordered a man accused of beating a fellow Belmont bar patron to death held on no bail while being prosecuted for murder and causing great bodily injury.

Joseph Patrick Kaufman, of San Carlos, was initially held on $500,000 bail after being arrested for assaulting Barney Hanepen, 48, outside the Lariat Tavern on April 29. After Hanepen died May 2, prosecutors upped the charges to murder and on Friday his bail was also revoked.

Kaufman waived his right to a speedy trial and returns to court May 29 with his appointed attorney to set a preliminary hearing date.

Kaufman and Hanepen were drinking separately at the bar and, after closing at 2:15 a.m., reportedly got into an argument over the victim’s female friend. Kaufman allegedly punched Hanepen in the face, pushing him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him in the head and torso until the man lost consciousness. Hanepen suffered broken vertebrae, fractures to his orbital bones, broken teeth and brain bleeding. Police found him lying in the street and he remained hospitalized in critical condition until his death.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.



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