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Tuesday, Jul 30 2013 02:27 PM

Motion amended charging local attorney with murder

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    By Autumn Parry / The Californian

    Mark Madrigali and his attorney, Mark Anthony Raimondo, listen to the judge speak at Madrigali's arraignment at Kern County Superior Court on April 14.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

A motion was granted Tuesday morning to amend a criminal complaint and charge a local DUI attorney accused of shooting his wife with murder.

Supervising Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler said a motion to raise the bail for Mark Joseph Madrigali will be heard Friday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October.

His attorney, Mark Anthony Raimondo, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. Madrigali is currently being held on $1.525 million bail.

Madrigali, 57, is accused of shooting Trivia Madrigali at 3:45 a.m. June 12 at their northeast Bakersfield residence. Redacted police reports filed in court say Madrigali told officers he accidentally shot his wife.

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.

Trivia Madrigali died July 10, and the coroner’s office said her death was a result of complications from the gunshot wound.

Officers smelled alcohol on Mark Madrigali's breath, according to the reports. He was interviewed at Bakersfield Police Department headquarters and didn’t say much other than to reiterate that what happened was an accident.

Madrigali has previously declined an interview request from The Californian.

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.

Family members of Trivia Madrigali told detectives that Mark Madrigali was an abusive alcoholic who had previously threatened her life, according to the reports.

Madrigali was admitted to the California State Bar in January 2003 and runs a private practice defending clients from traffic ticket and driving under the influence charges.

In February 2010, according to the California State Bar website, the bar disciplined Madrigali after a 2009 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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