POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
A man claiming he was protecting his property faced a judge on Wednesday after shooting several rounds at three men who he said were stealing palm trees.
It was all a suspicion of 25 year-old Graham Garfield shot at the men after thinking they were stealing from his family's nursery. The Hidalgo Sheriff's Department responded to a call made by Garfield himself around 6:30 in the evening. The three men ranged from the ages of 18 to 21 and when deputies arrived they found the men with gunshot wounds.
Garfield was arrested for the shooting and during questioning, he told investigators he drove by the nursery located east of Val Verde on Canton road in Donna. Garfield said he saw a dark colored Lincoln parked on the side of the road in front of his mothers property. He saw one man next to the car and the other two on the property and that's when he thought they were stealing trees and he confronted them.
The shooting started a grass fire causing fire crews from the county to respond and battle flames for over three hours. During Garfield's arraignment his attorney asked the judge to lower his bond of $1 million dollars. The judge will consider the request after finding out the outcome of Alejandro Estrada's medical condition.