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November 17, 2012

Lawyer facing charges in mall parking dispute

DANVERS — A crowded mall parking lot, an impatient driver waiting for a spot, and a gun proved to be a bad combination on Sunday afternoon.

A Lynn attorney is facing charges that he pointed a handgun and a can of Mace at a Beverly man in the parking lot of the Liberty Tree Mall, after the man complained that the lawyer’s wife was taking too long to pull out of a space he wanted.

But a lawyer for attorney Richard Connors, 60, of Lynn, says it’s his client who is the real victim in the case.

The incident was touched off when a 30-year-old Beverly man spotted a woman, Connors’ wife, getting into a BMW in the area near the Loews movie theater.

The man later admitted to police that he was getting impatient at the amount of time it was taking for her to pull out, prosecutor Lindsey Legier told a Salem District Court judge yesterday.

When he expressed that to the woman, she yelled back that he should go find another space if he didn’t want to wait.

The man told police that suddenly a man, later identified as Connors, was at his door. He acknowledged to police that the two men “had words,” and that he opened his door. Connors slammed the door shut.

Carl Goodman, the defense lawyer for Connors, said it was the victim who first mentioned having a gun (though he never displayed it) and who opened the door to his vehicle.

“The victim was the aggressor,” said Goodman. “He’s not a victim.”

The man told police he then saw Connors pointing a handgun and Mace at him, according to the prosecutor. “He was in fear for his life,” said Legier, reading from a Danvers police report.

But Goodman responded by pointing out that if the alleged victim was in such fear, it didn’t stop him from getting out of his vehicle to stand behind the BMW, according to the police report.

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