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Man indicted for assaulting a man with disabilities

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 13:29:59-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man has been arraigned on a new assault charge for allegedly attacking a man with Huntington's Disease.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Avery Hunter punched 59-year-old Michael Zuch in the face without being provoked.

The incident happened in August 2019. Zuch was out for a walk near Grove Place and Grove Street in the City of Tonawanda when he was confronted.

Zuch hit his head on the sidewalk after being punched. He later died in November. The Medical Examiner's Office concluded that his cause of death was related to an underlying medical condition and the assault did not contribute to his death.

Hunter is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference in February.