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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.

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.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    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.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    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: 529

    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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