Scalping suspect Zachary Gross blames victim

Posted at 4:11 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 04:50:46-05

CINCINNATI – A  Northern Kentucky man accused of scalping his girl friend and siccing his pit bull on her in an horrific attack is blaming her.

Marilyn Stanley before the attack

Zachary Allen Gross, 30, said he was defending himself after Marilyn Stanley, 26, stabbed him.  He spoke in a phone call to WEBN's KiddChris Show on Thursday.

"So now I'm being held for my dog attacking her, which you know for harboring a vicious animal, and Assault 1. He protected me. I was stabbed three times," Gross said from the Boone County Jail.

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Gross appeared to be enjoying his celebrity even while ignoring his attorney's advice.

"So many news has tried to get interviews with me. Nancy Grace has tried to get interviews with me … My lawyer just tells me, 'Don't talk to no one,'" Gross said.

Zachary Gross

Gross admitted that he and Stanley were arguing in his Walton home on that September day.

"It was over some illegal activities that were going on. Something was stolen from me from me from her and I questioned her about it," Gross said.

He didn't say what those illegal activities were.

"It will all come out in court, but I don't want to talk about certain things," Gross said.

Gross said he was sympathetic for Stanley.

"I feel sorry for her injuries. You know, she'll never grow hair again," he said.

Gross is charged with second-degree assault, domestic violence, harboring a vicious animal and violating probation.

Stanley underwent three major surgeries to put cadaver skin on her skull in preparation for a skin graft, according to her GoFundMe page.

The page has raised more than $22,000 for Stanley's medical expenses.

WCPO has reached out to Stanley for comment.