The man accused of attempted murder for shooting actor Jameson Parker said Wednesday that he was completely justified in firing at the former star of “Simon & Simon.”
Robert St. George, a 53-year-old Studio City plumbing contractor, is on trial facing charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the Oct. 1, 1992, shooting of Parker, who is best known for playing the role of A. J. Simon, the clean-cut younger brother on the CBS television series “Simon & Simon.”
St. George’s testimony Wednesday contradicted nearly every detail of Parker’s testimony--except the fact that Parker was at St. George’s house and that he stumbled away after being hit once under his left arm and once in his right arm.
In St. George’s version of the incident, an uninvited Parker walked into St. George’s home armed with a gun “pointed at my lower extremities,” the defendant testified.
But Parker testified last week that he went to St. George’s house to discuss an argument that St. George had earlier in the day with Parker’s wife. St. George, Parker said, was angry because the couple’s dog had relieved itself on his lawn.
Parker said he was shot while trying to back away from St. George, who had begun yelling obscenities at him and calling him names.
St. George said Wednesday that he didn’t know why Parker was at his house. He said he opened his door to investigate noise outside, and found the actor there. St. George contended that the actor threatened to shoot him, but St. George grabbed the gun away.
“And what happened when you took the gun?” asked defense attorney Elliot Stanford.
“I shot him,” St. George replied.
Parker has strenuously denied that he was armed that night.
St. George also told Deputy Dist. Atty. Kathleen M. Cady that he fired the gun by reflex, even though the second shot was fired at Parker from behind.
After the shooting, he placed the gun on a ledge inside the front door, St. George testified, but he could not explain why police did not find the weapon when they arrived at the home less than 30 minutes after the shooting.