South Lake Tahoe Man Arrested for Savage Beating Death of Gardnerville resident

[Kurt Hildebrand, The Record-Courier]

A South Lake Tahoe man is in Douglas County custody in connection with the July 2017 beating death of Gardnerville Ranchos resident Brian Cook. Adam Anthony Bernard, 40, faces a charge of open murder after being taken into custody on a warrant ...

According to court documents, Cook died July 30 after being in a medically induced coma for three weeks...

Bernard claimed Cook arrived looking for a fight, and that he punched Cook once, and that the other man fell down in the street...

In October, after Cook's death, the only witness told investigators that Cook approached Bernard and that Bernard knocked him to the ground with two punches. Bernard then allegedly struck Cook again while he was down ...

A neighbor's security footage shows Bernard knock Cook down and then kneel next to him and start punching him about 30 times while Cook lay there, and then after getting up, kicking Cook several times. The deputy then reports the video shows Bernard knelt back down and struck Cook several more times ...

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