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.
Davenport added that Parmar is a hard-working family man, and said that the investigation into the events that led Parmar to shoot 21-year-old soldier Christopher Driggers, whom Davenport described as AWOL, may prove to be more complicated than initially perceived.
"If (Driggers) had been at his military post as he should have been, none of this would have happened," Davenport said. "Mr. Parmar was well within his rights to possess a firearm, and we believe (Driggers) entered (Tokay Liquors) with felonious intent."
Parmar is scheduled to appear in Lodi court again on June 20 for further arraignment. He faces one felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, but that charge was enhanced to include great bodily injury due to the fact that he shot Driggers in the shoulder. The wound was not life-threatening.
Driggers has admitted to both police and television stations that he stole the beer.
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