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California Murder Suspect Shot, Killed After Attacking Judge

Posted by tothewire on March 5, 2009

 

Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox is wheeled out of the courtroom after being attacked by David Paradiso. Fox was reported to be in good condition.

Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox is wheeled out of the courtroom after being attacked by David Paradiso. Fox was reported to be in good condition.

FRESNO, Calif. —  A man accused of killing his girlfriend was shot to death in a Stockton courtroom Wednesday after he attacked the judge presiding over his murder trial, an official said.

 

David Paradiso was shot after he left the witness stand and began attacking San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox during a break in proceedings, said Karen McConnell, a county spokeswoman.

McConnell said Paradiso had been testifying about 2 p.m. when his mother, in the audience, left the courtroom upset. Fox called a recess, and as jurors filed out, Paradiso left the stand and approached the judge from behind, she said.

David Paradiso, 29, had testified that he stabbed girlfriend Eileen Pelt, 20, in December 2006.

David Paradiso, 29, had testified that he stabbed girlfriend Eileen Pelt, 20, in December 2006.

McConnell said witnesses reported seeing Paradiso lift the judge and begin punching and possibly stabbing her when bailiffs ran to her aid and shots rang out. It was not immediately clear who shot Paradiso.

The Stockton Record, which was covering the trial, reported that the judge was carried out on a stretcher and had bandages on one arm but was conscious and alert.

The courthouse immediately went on lockdown, McConnell said.

Paradiso was on trial for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the neck in his mother’s car in 2006.

His attorney, Charles Pacheco, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Source Associated Press

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3 Responses to “California Murder Suspect Shot, Killed After Attacking Judge”

  1. SewDucky said

    The last couple stories are just crazy. Where’s the prozac in the water supply when you need it?

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  2. brucehood said

    If you find your prozac SewDucky, lob a few pills in my direction..

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  3. justice4mothers said

    Nah, it’s estrogen we need in the water. I had a friend who was going through the transition from male to female…he told me once “the world would be a much more peaceful place if everyone took estrogen” after he started taking it.

    Lawman and tothewire…hope the pregnancy is going okay!

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