IN APARTMENT RENT DISPUTE
A Superior Court jury trial began yesterday in the case of a man who is accused of biting another man in the hand and hitting him with a chair during a dispute over apartment rent in San Antonio.
Both the prosecution and the defense gave opening statements in the case against Jiang Hong Sheng yesterday, soon after Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo impaneled seven jurors
Sheng, 30, also known as Jacky, is on trial for assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, and two counts of disturbing the peace.
Assistant attorney general Robert “Charlie” Lee is expected to call his first witness today, Tuesday, at 9am. Assistant attorney general Frances T. Demapan is assisting Lee in the trial.
Assistant public defender Nancy Dominski is counsel for Sheng.
The trial is being held at the District Court courtroom because the House of Justice building remains closed to the public because of air-conditioning and mold problems.
According to the government, Sheng assaulted Ye Fang with a knife and bit Fang’s hand on June 6, 2017.
Sheng also allegedly hit Fang on the head with a chair, and threatened to kill and/or hurt Fang and his family.
The attack allegedly prompted Fang’s wife to run outside and yell for help.
Sheng pleaded not guilty.
Fang has filed a separate civil case against Sheng for battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the same incident.
According to the complaint, Fang rents an apartment from Sheng in San Antonio.
Fang lent Sheng $7,150 for a real estate investment.
Last June 6, Sheng messaged Fang that he was going to come over to Fang’s house to pay back the remaining balance due on the loan.
At Fang’s house, the two got into an argument because Sheng allegedly told Fang that he doesn’t want him to pay off the loan balance until Fang had moved out of the apartment building.
The argument escalated and that Sheng suddenly grabbed Fang’s hand and bit it. Sheng then allegedly beat up Fang and attacked him with a knife and chair.