Second Trial Date Set in East Village Parking Space Punch Case

By Shayna Jacobs on January 5, 2012 9:00pm 

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A second trial date was set Thursday in the case of a man charged with knocking a woman into a coma after allegedly punching her during a dispute over an East Village parking space.

Oscar Fuller will stand trial for a second time in March for allegedly assaulting 25-year-old Lana Rosas about a year ago. His previous trial resulted in a hung jury.

Fuller, 34, said he did not intend to cause the serious injuries Rosas sustained and was merely reacting after she threw a swing at him when the two sparred over a spot on East 14th Street she was trying to reserve for a friend.

Rosas was thrown to the ground by what prosecutors said was a forceful blow and struck her head on the pavement, leaving her in a coma. Witnesses at the first trial described seeing  a pool of blood on the ground.

"[Fuller] believes any physical contact was justified," said his attorney, Thomas Kenniff.

The alleged attacker, who has remained free on bail, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of felony assault.

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