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Wednesday, Jul 10 2013 06:37 PM

Wife allegedly shot by local attorney dies

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    In this June photo, Mark Madrigali speaks with his attorney, Mark Anthony Raimondo, during Madrigali's arraignment at Kern County Superior Court. Madrigali pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of corporal injury on a spouse, with enhancements for premeditation. Those charges are poised to change following the death of Madrigali's wife Wednesday.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

The wife of a local attorney accused of shooting her in their northeast Bakersfield home last month died Wednesday morning, according to the county coroner's office.

Trivia Jean Madrigali, 51, died at 10:34 a.m. in the 7700 block of Ryan Drive, a news release said. A death investigation has begun and an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of her death.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford said he was aware of Madrigali's death and will review the coroner's office findings before making any changes to the charges filed against her husband.

Mark Joseph Madrigali, 57, is being held on $1,525,000 bail and has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a gun and spousal abuse. Mark Madrigali was quoted in police reports as saying the shooting was "an accident, a complete and total accident."

He has declined an interview request from The Californian.

Bakersfield police arrived at the Madrigali residence at 3:45 a.m. June 10 for a report of a shooting. The reports say Trivia Madrigali was found lying face down on the living room floor and drenched in blood.

A spent shotgun shell was lying next to her body, according to the reports. She was taken to Kern Medical Center and listed in critical condition, suffering from wounds to her chest and damage to several organs.

Officers smelled alcohol on Mark Madrigali's breath, the reports said. He was interviewed at Bakersfield Police Department headquarters and said little other than that the shooting was an accident.

The police reports included interviews with neighbors and family members of Trivia Madrigali. Several people told officers that Mark Madrigali drank heavily and was abusive, and that he had previously threatened his wife.

Officers found several empty or partially empty bottles of alcohol in the residence, the reports said. More than a dozen guns were also found in the house.

Mark Madrigali is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 19.

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