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Posted on: June 3, 2021

Glen Cove Man Convicted of Murdering Coworker at Repair Shop

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Lawrence Grammer shot Bashir ‘Bobby’ Ward in the back of the head at Glen Head shop after men had argument the day before

MINEOLA, N. Y. – The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Glen Cove man was convicted in the August 2018 shooting death of his co-worker at an automotive repair shop in Glen Head.

Lawrence Grammer, 74, was convicted by a jury of murder in the second degree (an A-I felony) and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree (a C violent felony). 

The trial, before Judge Howard Sturim, began on May 24. The jury deliberated for less than a day before rendering their verdict. The defendant is due back in court on July 27 and faces up to 25 years to life in prison. 

According to the indictment, Lawrence Grammer shot and killed his co-worker, Bashir ‘Bobby’ Ward, age 35, on August 4, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m. at the Citgo Gas Station/D&R Auto Services in Glen Head. 

The defendant, who was 71-years-old at the time of the incident, was employed as a mechanic at the shop for approximately 15 years. On the day before the murder, Grammer and a third co-worker got into an argument over gas station receipts.  Ward intervened and Grammer and Ward’s argument became physical and Ward pushed Grammer onto the ground. 

The following day, the deceased was working on a customer’s Jeep on a lift, while the defendant was working on his own vehicle, a Dodge Durango. Grammer retrieved a gun from his vehicle, walked up to Ward, shot him once in the back of the head from less than two feet away and left the location for a short period of time. 

Grammer called 911 and told the dispatcher “I just killed a guy” and that the murder weapon was in the seat of a Toyota. He returned to the shop a few minutes later and was placed under arrest. The gun was recovered in a Toyota Rav4, which was parked down the street and registered to the defendant’s son. 

Senior Litigation Counsel Tracy Keeton of the Homicide Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by Joseph Lo Piccolo, Esq. 


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