Court document: Lawyer claims wife shooting was accident

Court document: Lawyer claims wife shooting was accident »Play Video
DUI attorney Mark Madrigali is arraigned Friday, June 14, 2013, on a charge he shot his wife in Bakersfield, Calif.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — DUI attorney Mark Madrigali told police that he shot his wife the morning of June 12 on accident, according to a court document obtained this week by Eyewitness News.

Madrigali has since pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. His wife, Trivia Madrigali, remains hospitalized.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office said Madrigali used a shotgun to shoot his wife.

"There were several weapons seized from Mr. Madrigali's house, but we've alleged the shotgun as the weapon used," Deputy District Attorney Gina Pearl told Eyewitness News last week.

Police responded to the lawyer's home on the 1200 block of Telegraph Avenue after Madrigali had called 911 to report the shooting:

Dispatcher: "911"
Caller: "Get EMT over here, someone's been shot. 1220 Telegraph Avenue."
Dispatcher: "1220?"
Caller: "1220 Telegraph Avenue."
Dispatcher: "And someone was shot?"
Caller: "Yes."
Dispatcher: "Who has been shot?"
Caller: "My wife. Please come over now."
Dispatcher: "Who shot your wife? Sir?"



The caller did not answer the question from the dispatcher and then the call was cut off. When police arrived at the home, they found the wife inside the house and she was unresponsive. Madrigali was taken into custody.

Madrigali's defense attorney has asked that there be no rush to judgment and described his client last week as "a decent guy" and well respected in his profession.

If convicted on all counts, Madrigali faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.