Man sliced by beer bottle in melee at condo complex pool speaks out
Chuck Levine ordered to stand trial
Last Updated: 82 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Video obtained by 10News could now be the central focus in a case in which a man was slashed by a beer bottle.
A video clip lasting a few seconds was given to 10News and shows the moments leading up to the altercation at a high-end condominium complex. In the video, a man is seen holding a beer bottle.
"I yelled, 'I'm being stabbed, I'm being stabbed,'" said Nick Kneuper.
At a preliminary hearing, Kneuper recounted the June incident that began with a blissful day of boating on the water.
By evening, a group of some eight friends retired to the pool of the Renaissance condo complex in downtown San Diego, where home values range from $500,000 to $5 million.
After a few hours went by, David Hay, renting at the complex, said Chuck Levine, an owner, approached them and was upset.
"He was screaming. First comments out of his mouth were about us, me, not belonging here, and something to do with renting as opposed to owning," said Hay.
Hay said Levine dug into a cooler and found a beer bottle, yelling it was against the rules.
The cellphone reportedly went dead, so the video recorded by a member of the group lasted just a few seconds.
Hay said what happened next was some arguing, and then Levine raised the bottle and grabbed him by the throat, prompting one of Hay's friends to hit Levine in the face.
In the scuffle, Kneuper said he saw Levine wielding the bottle and tried to tackle him.
"As I was falling was when he … we were chest-to-chest and he came behind and stabbed me twice, and by the time we hit the ground, I caught his hand," said Kneuper.
Prosecutors said Levine hit Kneuper in the head several times with the bottle, and then sliced him in the back, leaving permanent scars.
In cross-examination, Levine's attorney pointed out the friends had been drinking all day, painting a picture of the group as the initial aggressors.
Levine's attorney said he was simply defending himself.
The judge ruled there was enough evidence to go to trial.
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