Family and friends of tow truck driver Ron Gandy said they're relieved to finally see their day in court.
(WBIR-Northwest Knoxville) A judge has set a firm trial deadline for the man accused of severely beating a tow truck driver in September 2012.
Knoxville police charged Tycorrian Taylor, 23, of Knoxville with attempted first-degree murder.
Knox County Judge Bob McGee set a firm trial date for Oct. 7 of this year. Judge McGee also placed Taylor back in the state's custody because he missed several probation meetings. Taylor has also missed several meetings with his lawyer as well.
Officials said Taylor attacked Ron Gandy, 48, from behind, as he was trying to tow Taylor's car at the Pleasant Terrace Apartments in northwest Knoxville. Witnesses told police Gandy got into an argument with the Taylor over his Lexus that wasn't supposed to be parked at the apartments. They said Taylor attacked Gandy when he turned to finish hooking up the car to tow it.
Gandy was hospitalized and spent 34 days in a coma, following months in rehab. The attack left Gandy paralyzed.
After one year, a friend of the victim said they're relieved that they're finally seeing their day in court.
"It's been a huge struggle," said Nathan Reid, a family friend. "I mean the wrecker service is no longer in business. He can't work anymore. He needs 24-hour care - it's been a struggle on everybody."