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By Casey Christie / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A local attorney charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife has posted bond and been released from jail.
Bail for Mark Joseph Madrigali was set at $1.525 million, meaning he needed to post 10 percent — $152,500 — for his release. Madrigali attorney H.A. Sala said his client was released last week.
“It’s always, in my view, beneficial to have your client out of custody to assist with preparation (for trial),” Sala said Monday.
Kern County Superior Court Judge Thomas S. Clark decided against raising Madrigali’s bail to $2 million during an August hearing. Clark said he didn’t believe Madrigali posed a danger to the public, and he didn’t consider him a flight risk.
Madrigali is accused of shooting Trivia Madrigali June 12 at their northeast Bakersfield residence. Police reports filed in court say Madrigali told responding officers he’d accidentally shot his wife. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath.
Trivia Madrigali was found lying face-down on the living room floor, the reports say. She was covered in blood and a spent shotgun shell casing was lying next to her.
She died about a month later from complications of the gunshot wound, a coroner’s office news release said.
Sala said he doesn’t believe Madrigali should have been charged with murder.
“It’s our position this was not an intentional or premeditated shooting,” he said.
Family members of Trivia Madrigali told detectives Mark Madrigali is an abusive alcoholic. Officers found several empty or partially empty bottles of alcohol in the residence. More than a dozen guns were also found in the house.
The California State Bar disciplined Mark Madrigali in February 2010 following a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.