Legier said the victim wanted to get the license plate number.
Judge Robert Brennan was skeptical. “If you take his account, that he literally had a gun put in his face, it seems to be somewhat unusual for him to then stand behind the car to take down the plate,” the judge said, suggesting he could have stayed in his own vehicle as he wrote it down.
Goodman also argued that his client, at 60, is an “upstanding citizen” with no prior criminal record, while the victim has a record dating to his teenage years, including charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction.
But Legier suggested that the younger man’s background makes him all the more credible, since he knew when he immediately called 911 and then went to the police station that officers would see his record, yet he went anyway.
Police said they called Connors’ wife, the registered owner of the BMW, that day. She told them she was busy making dinner. They suggested she and Connors come to the station to explain their side, but when they never appeared, police got an arrest warrant.
Connors was arrested on Thursday and released on bail. But when he appeared in court yesterday, prosecutors moved to have him held without bail as a danger to the public.
Connors spent about two hours in custody yesterday before Brennan ruled that he could be released on conditions that include surrendering his license to carry firearms and any guns and ammunition he owns and that he stay away from the alleged victim in the case.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.
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