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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:54 am, Fri Jun 8, 2012.

A Lodi store owner who faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after he shot and wounded a suspected beer thief at his store last week has selected a new lawyer.

Attorney Gregory Davenport was selected to represent Tokay Liquor owner Gurminder "Gary" Parmar, 48, during Parmar's second court appearance Wednesday. Davenport confirmed that the investigation into his new client's actions is ongoing, and that Parmar successfully posted bail following his first court appearance June 1.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Jun 8, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Josh, just saw this link on you tube re this attorney. If this is an example of his professionalism, I would not hire him... is this what you were talking about in your comment? Just curious.


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:22 am on Fri, Jun 8, 2012.

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    As far as the defense, I think the key words here are: entered (Tokay Liquors) with felonious intent."

    According to police, there’s nothing to suggest Driggers was armed, but Parmar’s wife, Satnam, told the station her husband thought the exact opposite.
    “He told me he thinks that guy had some weapon with him, that’s why he shot him,” she said.

    So the more the defense can establish that the store owner felt threatened for his safety, the better chance he has to win acquittal. Not all the facts have been reported so it is difficult to judge. Obviously, if he simply shot the man has he was attempting to flee, and did not feel threatened, he is in weak position.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:21 am on Fri, Jun 8, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    With the acquisition of this attorney I think he just signed his own death sentence.

  • Pete Hodge posted at 6:43 am on Fri, Jun 8, 2012.

    Pete Hodge Posts: 11

    I hope that's not gonna be Davenport's defense on this case ... "Your honor, had the AWOL soldier been at his post, this would never have happened." That's like telling your insurance agent, "Well, had the illegal immigrant driver who I rear-ended never been in the country in the first place, this accident would never have happened." or "Had Hitler's mom never had a child, WW2 would never have happened."

    For Parmar's sake, I hope he comes up with a better line of defense and arguing.



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