Hearing adjourned for man accused of shooting out cab's windshield
The man accused of shooting at a cab’s windshield after an argument in late August will return to court next week to face carjacking charges.
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Eddie Gardner Jr., 25, was in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris’ courtroom for a pretrial hearing Monday afternoon. His case was quickly adjourned until 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 to allow the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, Gardner’s representatives, to investigate the case further.
Gardner is accused of pulling out a gun Aug. 30 during an argument with a cab driver. The driver had picked him and a woman up near Plymouth and Dixboro roads and was taking them to Superior Township. According to police, Gardner fired one shot through the cab’s windshield before the driver grabbed the weapon and struggled with Gardner.
Gardner and the woman are accused of fleeing on foot. They were arrested by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a field near Gabriel Richard High School.
Gardner faces charges of carjacking, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to state records, Gardner has previous convictions for receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine from one December 2007 offense. He was also convicted of two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and malicious destruction of fire or police property from an April 2007 offense, records show.
He’s listed as a parolee in custody, according to records. He was given a $75,000 bond when arraigned earlier this month.