Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Mason family sues neighbor over injuries from beating

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — As Gary Kretzer lay in the street barely breathing after a beating June 3, the neighbor accused of throwing the punches uttered a chilling statement, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the Kretzer family.

        Dennis Rock said Mr. Kretzer had “gotten what he deserved,” the family alleges in the suit.

        Two weeks after the argument over parking erupted into violence, Mr. Kretzer, his wife, Kimberly, and their children are seeking at least $5 million in damages from Mr. Rock.

        On Friday, a Warren County judge will decide whether to freeze Mr. Rock's assets while the case proceeds through the court system.

        The Kretzers want Judge P. Daniel Fedders to bar Mr. Rock from selling or transferring ownership of his $175,000 house in the 4900 block of Kenwood Drive, as well as any other personal property that could be used to pay an award if the Kretzers win the lawsuit.

        Mr. Kretzer, a 38-year-old auto worker raising six sons, remained in critical condition Monday at University Hospi tal with a fractured skull and a brain injury.

        The lawsuit said he may suffer permanent brain damage.

        Neither Mrs. Kretzer nor Mr. Rock could be reached. Michael Davis, the Kretzers' lawyer, declined to comment.

        Authorities said Mr. Rock, 45, punched Mr. Kretzer “multiple times” in the face and head. The blows caused Mr. Kretzer to stagger back and hit his head on the pavement, authorities said.

        Mr. Rock's criminal defense lawyer, Hal Arenstein, has claimed Mr. Rock struck Mr. Kretzer in self-defense.

        However, the lawsuit, filed late last week in Warren County Common Pleas Court, asserts the beating was unprovoked.


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