St. Petersburg Times
South Tampa psychiatrist accused of pointing shotgun at pool man cuts deal
By Alexandra Zayas
March 31, 2010

A South Tampa psychiatrist accused of pointing a shotgun at a pool cleaner agreed Tuesday to enter a program that could lead to the charges being dropped.

James Roy Edgar, 64, told police he repeatedly asked pool cleaners not to park in the private driveway of his townhouse, 3105 W San Isidro St., when they serviced pools in the complex behind his.

Stephen Lafoe, an employee of Bay Area Pool Service, said he got a work order directing him to reach the pool June 9 through an alley. When he couldn’t find the alley, he stopped to make notes and plug his next stop into his GPS.

That’s when Edgar came out of his house.

The pool cleaner said he ignored Edgar the first time he yelled. The psychiatrist said Lafoe mouthed off. Edgar left and returned with a shotgun.

Lafoe said the doctor pointed it at him and said, “I told you to move.” Edgar said he held the gun, but didn’t point it. He held it in self-defense, he said, afraid of the much younger pool cleaner.

He was arrested in September and released after posting $2,000 bail.

Edgar’s attorney declined to comment Tuesday. Edgar’s charges will be dropped if he successfully completes a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders. The specific conditions Edgar must meet were not discussed in court Tuesday, but could include counseling, classes and supervision.

Charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he faced five years in prison.


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