Family of Charlotte cab driver: He has opened his eyes

by: Alan Cavanna Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The family of a Charlotte cab driver stabbed last week said he's opened his eyes and is trying to talk.

Gary Hinson is recovering from injuries to his face, neck and mouth.

On Tuesday, his sister said he tried to communicate for the first time from his hospital bed.

"He knows why he's there," said Barbara Hinson, Gary's sister. "He knows what happened to him and he's trying to cope with that and get some strength."

Brian Chandler is charged with stabbing Hinson.

Eyewitness News discovered Chandler's real name is Brian Irons.

Court records reveal a long criminal history dating back to 1996, including two stints in federal prison for harassment and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend.

At the time of the arrest last Friday, Chandler was out on bond on domestic violence charges.

Hinson's son said the court system should not have allowed Chandler on the streets.

"I just really hope that this time, this is it," Rico Hinson said. "I hope he's put away forever. He doesn't deserve to be around innocent people."

Chandler is due back in court on October 10th.