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Samurai Kid Slays Dad
By MICHAEL WHITE, DEVIN SMITH and KIERAN CROWLEY
March 1, 2005 -- A Long Island teen who told his pals he hated his stepfather and wanted to kill him used a samurai sword to nearly decapitate the former NYPD cop while he was taking a nap, sources said yesterday.
Police say 18-year-old Zach Gibian committed a premeditated execution over minor disagreements — including the fact that his stepfather had grounded him and would not let him drive his new car.
But pals of the teen, a devotee of violent martial arts movies, say he repeatedly told them his stepdad — a 15-year New York cop who retired because of a hand injury — beat him.
Gibian, of Hauppauge, used a sword from a large collection belonging to his stepdad, Scott Nager, 51, said Suffolk Homicide Squad commander, Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.
"The victim was lying on the couch, probably asleep," around noon on Sunday, said Fitzpatrick.
"The defendant snuck up behind him and struck him once in the neck with a samurai sword," Fitzpatrick said. "As the victim started to rise, he was struck again, fatally." Gibian then fled the house.
"It was the culmination of a number of arguments that would normally seem trivial. One of them was an argument about the car," said Fitzpatrick.
About 1 p.m. on Sunday, the victim's wife, Laura Nager, 47, who is partially disabled and walks with a cane, entered the living room and found her husband face down on the bloody couch.
She called police and said someone had broken into the home and killed her husband.
But detectives quickly focused on the recent high school grad, who returned to the house when police were there.
"He said he came back because it would look bad if he wasn't there when he found out the police were at his house," a source said. But, the source said, "the plan unraveled" and the teen made a full videotaped confession.
Gibian was arraigned yesterday on a murder charge and ordered held without bail.
Defense lawyer Rudolph Cartier said, "It's too early to tell what type of defense we're going to put together."
What defense would you plead anyways? Insanity?
Killed by your own weapon....