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VOL. 36 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 30, 2012

Victim of road rage beating given $1 million

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MURFREESBORO (AP) — A judge in Murfreesboro has awarded the victim of a road rage assault more than $1 million.

According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/VvSkWk ), the award Monday to Tony Lynch was one of the largest in recent times by Rutherford County Chancery Court.

The defendant in the lawsuit was Matt Garrett, who was convicted of reckless aggravated assault in a 2010 criminal trial.

Attorneys Howard Wilson and Kris Oliver represented Lynch. Wilson said his client was punched and fell to the ground unconscious, striking his head on the asphalt. Medical witnesses testified Lynch was permanently disabled.

Garrett had claimed he struck Lynch in self-defense, fearing Lynch had a gun.