A phantom car and a second suspect arrested in the Saturday night murder near Turtle Beach, a resort southwest of Manteca, are added pieces to the puzzle in the investigation of who shot 51-year-old Michael David Lawrence and why.
Two men ended up hospitalized Saturday night after the shooting. Michael Lee Roessler, 23, was admitted for injuries sustained after crashing through a dead-end fenced barrier at the north end of McKinley Avenue as he was fleeing the rural neighborhood on Williamson Road near the western end of Woodward Avenue.
Christopher Oliver, 36, was jailed Wednesday when he was released from a hospital after sustaining a bullet wound to his hand and stomach when his partner reportedly shot him accidentally in the commission of the murder of the Manteca electrician in front of his wife, daughter and another family member.
Witnesses at the Islander Tavern reported that the motorcycles stopped at the bar after Lawrence had been shot three times at point-blank range. They reported that as the motorcycles parked a car pulled up next to them. A passenger in the car got out and road off on one of the Harleys while the rider got into the car possibly on his way to a hospital for treatment.
Oliver, like Roessler, is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail. Both are to appear on murder charges in the Stockton Courthouse of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday at 1:30 p.m.