Retrial in NYC Parking Spat That Put Woman in Coma

Oscar Fuller's acknowledges hitting Lana Rosas in the face in February 2011 as they square off over a Manhattan parking spot

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    Oscar Fuller demonstrates in a taped interview March 1 how he "tapped" the victim in a parking space incident.

    After his first jury deadlocked, a man is back on trial for punching a woman in a New York City parking-space fight that left her brain-damaged.

    Oscar Fuller's retrial in his assault case opened Wednesday.

    The electrician acknowledges hitting Lana Rosas in the face in February 2011 as they square off over a Manhattan parking spot. Rosas fell, hit her head and was in a coma for days.

    Mistrial in Parking Spot Assault

    [NY] Mistrial in Parking Spot Assault
    A mistrial was declared in the case of Oscar Fuller. He's admitted to attacking a woman over a parking spot. Jurors say they couldn't prove intent for the felony charge. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance says he will try to bring this case back to court. Fuller could face seven years in prison if convicted. NBCNewYork?s Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    A prosecutor says Fuller's blow was "a brutal retaliation," not self-defense. Fuller's lawyer says it was "a reaction, not an intention" to hurt Rosas so seriously.

    The case got widespread attention as a reflection of New Yorkers' competition for parking spaces. The first jury deadlocked in November.

    The 36-year-old Fuller faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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