SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A man who never regained consciousness after he was severely beaten on the street in San Jose six years ago recently succumbed to his injuries.

Octavio Medina died on June 21 from injuries he sustained during a brutal attack outside La Palma Bar on Keyes Street on Feb. 28, 2005.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“This gentleman was alive technically, but was in a vegetative state,” said Sgt. Jason Dwyer, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department.

Dwyer said Medina’s murder is the third delayed death in the city’s homicide total for 2011.

The suspect in the case, 53-year-old Silvestre Felix Burgara, was arrested but later released when the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office decided not file charges against him.

Burgara has since been deported to Mexico. Sgt. Dwyer said investigators have contacted authorities in Mexico to locate Burgara and pursue homicide charges against him.

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