(WBIR-Knoxville) The case involving a former Knoxville tow truck driver beaten on the job went before Judge Bob McGee's court Monday.
Tycorrian Taylor, 23, is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault after he allegedly struck Ron Gandy, 50, several times in September 2012. At the time, the owner of Ron's Wrecker Service was towing Taylor's Lexis at a northwest Knoxville apartment complex.
"I never thought I would see trial," Gandy said Monday.
Confined to a wheelchair with severe brain injuries, Gandy had limited speech when he took the stand.
"He had a choice to walk away, and that's the way I looked at it. But he ruined three people's lives," Gandy added.
Those three people are Gandy himself, his son Jordan, and his care taker and family friend Paula McCarter.
"Three tow trucks, a home, and a car, we lost everything," McCarter added.
Defense attorney Mitch Harper said in court that Taylor admitted to the beating, but added this was not premeditated and therefore the attempted first-degree murder charge should be dropped.
"There's an argument of how much money, where the car was, there was an argument, an assault, and there was serious bodily injury. But in no point in time, Mr. Taylor performed premeditation to take the life of Mr. Gandy," Harper said in court.
Judge McGee denied that motion, and on Tuesday is expected to be decided by a jury of seven women and five men.
Gandy said all he wants is justice for what happened.
"I have nothing to gain from this trial," Gandy said.