DA’s office drops attempted murder charge | TheUnion.com

DA’s office drops attempted murder charge

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has dropped attempted murder charges against Zoltan Michael Gergely, who is accused of stabbing a woman with a Samurai sword through the front door of her home on Nov. 8.

Gergely, 30, of Grass Valley, will instead face three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson said that after further review of the case, he did not feel the attempted murder charge would be appropriate for Gergely.

At about 11 p.m. on the night of the attack, Charles Robert Frazier III, 37, and his 28-year-old girlfriend answered a knock at Frazier’s door on the 400 block of West Main Street. Two men, one of whom Frazier identified as Gergely, were at the door.

According to Grass Valley police, Gergely immediately unsheathed the Samurai sword, also pulled out an ax and charged at Frazier. A struggle ensued on the front porch, and Frazier and the woman were able to run back inside and lock the door. The woman leaned on the door to block it when Gergely allegedly started to try to kick it down.

That’s when Gergely reportedly stabbed the sword through it two times. The attacker stabbed the woman once in the back; the wound was several inches deep and 2 inches wide, according to police.

Both suspects fled the scene. The woman was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Acting on a tip, police pulled over a pickup truck on South Church Street at about 5 a.m. the next morning. They arrested Gergely and found the sword and ax inside.

Gergely will next be in court Feb. 17.

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