DA: Murder victim beaten, choked

Paul Ahern

The 53-year-old accused of fatally beating an acquaintance in Redwood City Monday night appeared in court Thursday to face murder charges.

Paul Ahern was charged Thursday with the felony and asked for a court-appointed attorney. He put off further arraignment until June 19 and was ordered held without bail.

Deputies arrested Ahern after responding to a report of two men fighting on the 3100 block of Middlefield Road at about 8:15 p.m. June 9 and found Michael Anthony Gonzales, 46, motionless on the ground. The Redwood City man was declared dead at the scene after CPR proved ineffective and Ahern was taken into custody.

Authorities say the two men knew each other and were possibly drinking together prior to the fight.

An official cause of death has not yet been determined, said Coroner Robert Foucrault.

Ahern has two previous convictions for trespassing on open lands.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Irfan Zaidi at 363-4192 or the anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.

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