2014-06-25 / Front Page

Assault with a deadly weapon trial begins in 197th district court

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

A Raymondville man accused of stabbing two women with a pocket knife is being tried in the 197th Judicial District Court.

Adam Lee Gritzner was arrested Sept. 2, 2013 after he allegedly stabbed his commonlaw wife and her daughter during an altercation at the Willacy County Housing Authority, commonly known as the Labor Camp.

A six-man, six-woman jury began hearing testimony as the trial began Tuesday afternoon in Judge Migdalia Lopez court.

According to testimony given by two witnesses called by the state, Gritzner had been living at the Labor Camp with his common- law wife for about two years at the time the incident happened.

Derik Garcia, the first witness called to testify, said he, his girlfriend, a son, his mother-in-law and Gritzner were living in the same house the night the stabbing took place.

He said they all went to Lasara and to Edcouch/Elsa for a family gathering, had been drinking and came back to Raymondville after 11 p.m. the night of Sept. 2, 2013.

Once at the Labor Camp, he said he saw the defendant, he said wasn’t a friend but an acquaintance, slashing the tires of Eva Nieto’s red Grand Am.

He then went outside and asked him ‘What’s Up?’ but Gritzner took a swing at him.

A while later, his girlfriend and her mother showed up and tried to intervene.

Garcia said Nieto told him to go inside and call police.

He then said Nieto and her daughter, Janie, came inside the house and he noticed that his girlfriend was wet.

Garcia said he then realized that she had blood all over and noticed a cut on the side of her neck.

Garcia said her mother-in-law was also bleeding so he called 911.

He said police and two ambulances showed up at the scene.

Willacy County District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and Chuck Mattingly are prosecutors for the state, while Abner Burnett is representing the defendant.

Burnett asked Garcia if he knew that his girlfriend carried a knife with her all the time.

Garcia said no.

He also asked the witness if the testimony he gave to police that night was wrong because part of what he said in court Tuesday did not coincide with what he said back in September.

The trial was expected to continue today (Wednesday).

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