Calif. man pleads no contest to fatally assaulting panhandler at gas station in 2008

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California man accused in the death of a panhandler who was trying to wash his windshield at a gas station has pleaded no contest to an assault charge.

Orion Christopher Moore entered the plea Thursday to a charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, with an enhancement of causing great bodily injury.

Police say Moore pushed Harish Dinesh Davis away from his BMW in December 2008 after Davis ignored repeated requests to stop washing the windshield in exchange for money. Davis fell, hit his head on the pavement and died from his injuries.

Moore initially was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Gary Thelander says Moore faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.


Information from: The Salinas Californian,