Trial begins for man accused in Knoxville truck driver beating

Trial begins for man accused in Knoxville tow truck driver beating

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Tycorrian Taylor is charged with aggravated assault and attempted first degree murder. Tycorrian Taylor is charged with aggravated assault and attempted first degree murder.
Victim Ron Gandy took the stand saying the incident forever changed his life. Victim Ron Gandy took the stand saying the incident forever changed his life.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Trial began Monday for a man charged with nearly beating a tow truck driver to death last year in Knoxville.

Tycorrian Taylor, 23, is charged with aggravated assault and attempted first degree murder in the Labor Day 2012 attack against tow truck driver Ron Gandy, 49.

Witness after witness took the stand Monday describing the scene and injuries to Gandy.

According to a University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency worker, Gandy had bleeding of the brain and fractures to the skull.

He was in a coma for a month, and over a year later, he's still in a wheelchair.

"From my eyebrows all the way down to my chin is metal," Gandy said.

The state says Gandy was beaten for just doing his job. He was towing a car that didn't have a pass for the apartment complex.

Gandy took the stand describing what he remembers before losing consciousness.

"The guy started beating on my car. I stopped, like a dummy, and that's the last I remember. Stopping," he said.

The defense admits Tycorrian Taylor hit Gandy, but says it wasn't premeditated murder.

"There was an argument, there was an assault, and there was serious bodily injury, but at no time did Mr. Taylor intend for premeditation to take the life of Ron Gandy," said defense attorney Mitch Harper.

Since being injured, Gandy has had to close his tow truck business. He says his life will never be the same without the ability to work or walk unassisted.

"I can't run. I can't play basketball with my son. Before, I could do all that," said Gandy.

Knoxville Police Department officers took the stand saying they did not find any evidence that Gandy showed any offensive moves. His hands did not show that he threw a punch.

The state rested its case at 3:30 p.m.;the defense rested 30 minutes later. Closing arguments are set to begin Tuesday morning, and the jury will receive the case shortly thereafter.

Aggravated assault carries a sentence of 3 to 6 years. If found guilty of attempted first degree murder, Taylor faces 15 to 25 years behind bars.

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