Hatchet attack case set for trial

12:21 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The trial of a man who police say attacked his former roommate with a hatchet is expected to begin in late July.

Jason Gemkow, 34, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit Khaled Zaky, of Denver, twice in the forehead with a hatchet.

Court records had previously indicated a plea deal was in the works, and the trial had been delayed. A District Attorney's Office spokesperson said in February Gemkow got a new lawyer, and any disposition talks would have to start over.

The new trial date is set for July 23.

The victim previously told 9Wants to Know he wants to see Gemkow go to prison.

Zaky said he went to Gemkow's house near West Florida Avenue and South Mariposa Street in Denver in June 2012. Zaky said he wanted to get a fishing pole he had left at the home when he moved out.

Zaky told police Gemkow "became upset and started to argue" with him, according to court paperwork reviewed by the 9Wants to Know investigators.

"I got hit. Then, I got hit again. After the second time, I was like, 'Did you seriously just hit me with a hatchet?'" Zaky said. "I just went into complete shock. I grabbed my head. There was blood all over me. It was like a fountain of blood."

It took weeks for Zaky's head to heal. He says he now suffers from headaches and numbness where the hatchet blade hit him.

Gemkow is currently being held in Denver's Downtown Detention Center after being arrested in 2012. Police say he went on the run after he attacked Zaky.

Online jail records show Gemkow is being held on $10,000 bond for the assault charge as well as accusations he failed to appear on a warrant and contempt of court. The online records also show there is a fugitive hold on him from Jefferson County Court.

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