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Angry father beats man who killed his son inside court bathroom

By Mason White 5:54 AM December 11, 2013
John Powers 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with assault after beating the man who killed his son, according to police reports in Florida.

The father, who was angry and crying over the death of his son in a drunk driving accident, followed the man accused of causing the accident in court on Monday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

“You killed my son,” the man said. “I’ll be watching you,” he added.

John Powers, 54, emerged from the bathroom with blood dripping from his left ear, down his neck and on his shirt. He entered the courtroom of Circuit Court Judge Marc Gold, and immediately reported what had happened.

Police arrested Juan Gonzalez, 56, of Davie, and charged him with two counts of assault, one for allegedly punching Powers and throwing him to the floor, and the other for grabbing the throat of Powers friend, Jay Israel, who was also in the bathroom.

According to an arrest report, Powers was trying to make a U-turn in his 1994 Jeep Cherokee on State Road 7 at Orange Drive. Gonzalez, who was traveling in a 1997 Suzuki motorcycle, hit the brakes to avoid hitting the Jeep. The motorcycle skidded, slid sideways and hit the Jeep. Gonzalez died of his wounds the next day.

A Davie police officer noticed the smell of alcohol on the breath of Powers and several empty beer cans in the back seat of the car. The alcohol level in the blood of Powers was recorded at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.

Powers and the Gonzalez family members were in court on Monday, for an arraignment hearing. Powers is charged with DUI, manslaughter and homicide with an illegal blood alcohol level.

Because he is free on $20,000 bond, Powers was able to use the men’s room outside the courtroom, which is open to the public. Gonzalez is accused of following Powers and Israel in the bathroom.

Israel, 59, told deputies that Gonzalez grabbed him by the neck, then let him go and began drilling Powers in the head and face. When Powers fell to the ground, Gonzalez mocked him, Israel said.

Minutes after the attack, Powers and Israel returned to the courtroom. Deputies stopped Gonzalez from leaving the courthouse and brought him back to the sixth floor hallway.

Powers and Israel identified him as her attacker and said they wanted to prosecute. Gonzalez was charged with two counts of assault, which are punishable by up to one year in jail.