Assault trial in 7-year Howard County feud postponed


December 08, 2006|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,Sun Reporter

The trial of a Howard County man involved in a seven-year feud with his neighbor was postponed yesterday after the defendant was given a strep throat diagnosis this week.

Timothy Cerny, 47, of Columbia's Village of River Hill was charged in April with second-degree assault. He was accused of spitting on neighbor David Elliott during a confrontation that Ellicott videotaped.

Prosecutors opposed the postponement after staff members at the state's attorney's office heard Cerny, a resident of Swift Current Way, being interviewed on WBAL radio Wednesday morning.

"I did that interview from bed," Cerny said yesterday.

Judge Neil Edward Axel said yesterday that he had received confirmation of Cerny's diagnosis.

The feud, which began over a proposed backyard pool, has generated 13 criminal cases, two civil lawsuits and 13 peace orders, according to court records. Police have responded to the River Hill cul-de-sac more than 100 times since 1999.

Axel rescheduled Cerny's trial for February.

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