A Bronx contractor who cops say fatally punched his 68-year-old neighbor after accusing the victim of almost backing up into his two daughters is expected to be back in court Friday after a judge denied him bail.
Gjok Deda, 50, who lives three floors away from Ron Antonucci, lashed out after the older man pulled into a parking spot at 1110 Stadium Ave., in the Country Club section of the Bronx last Thursday morning.
The "loving grandpa" fell and hit his head after Deda’s initial punch, court papers say, and Deda allegedly continued to hit him in the head several times. Antonucci, a retired carpenter, later died at Jacobi.
Deda was charged with first degree manslaughter and arraigned Monday night.
The victim’s son-in-law, John Luzi, told CBS2 that he and his wife, the mother of Antonucci’s granddaughter, are “brokenhearted” and will see that justice is done.
One neighbor taped up a note that said Antonucci “had a heart of gold, always had a kind word to say to everyone in his eye sight, a joke to pass on, and there wasn’t a dog that wasn’t his friend!”
Dennis Ring, a lawyer for Deda, is calling the whole thing a “tragic accident,” reports The News, and told CBS the case is going to a grand jury.