District Attorney: Lawyer used shotgun to shoot wife

District Attorney: Lawyer used shotgun to shoot wife
DUI attorney Mark Madrigali is arraigned Friday, June 14, 2013, on a charge he shot his wife in Bakersfield, Calif.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County District Attorney's Office said Bakersfield DUI attorney Mark Madrigali used a shotgun to shoot his wife on the early morning of June 12.

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

Madrigali entered a plea of not guilty to three felony counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. Numerous other enhancements were added.

Police responded to the lawyers 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.

Pearl asked for and the court granted her bail request of $2 million for Madrigali.

"Based on the serious nature and the extreme violent nature of this crime, we asked for $2 million to ensure the safety of the public," said Pearl.

The defense attorney asked that there be no rush to judgment and described his client as "a decent guy" and well respected in his profession. If convicted on all counts, Madrigali faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Madrigali's wife remains hospitalized at Kern Medical Center. Her condition remains unknown.