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    GOOD: Murder Suspect Shot & Killed In Courtroom After Attacking Judge - Fresno, CA

    Calif. murder suspect killed after attacking judge

    FRESNO, Calif. A man accused of killing his girlfriend was shot to death in a Stockton courtroom Wednesday after he attacked the judge presiding over his murder trial, officials said.

    David Paradiso, 28, was shot by a police detective after he left the witness stand and began attacking San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox during a break in proceedings, said Dave Konecny, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

    Paradiso took the stand to testify around 2 p.m. and was quickly asked by prosecutors why he killed his girlfriend Eileen Pelt.

    He responded: "Cause she deserved to die."

    Paradiso's mother, Debra, stood up and started yelling, leading the judge to call a recess. As jurors filed out, Paradiso left the stand and approached the judge from behind "with an unknown cutting instrument," Konecny said.

    Karen McConnell, a county spokeswoman, said witnesses reported seeing Paradiso lift the judge and begin punching and possibly stabbing her when bailiffs ran to her aid and shots rang out. Lodi Police Det. Eric Bradley has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, city spokesman Jeff Hood said.

    "He was going after her jugular, just as he did to the victim in this case," his attorney, Chuck Pacheco, told the Lodi News-Sentinel. "He was not stopping stabbing her, going for her neck. Bradley did the right thing."

    Fox, who had a bandage on her left arm as she was carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher, told reporters, "I'm OK," before being taken to a hospital. She was released later Wednesday. Calls to her home were not immediately returned.

    The courthouse immediately went on lockdown, although people were allowed to leave after the building was secured, McConnell said.

    Konecny said he did not know how Paradiso obtained a weapon. He said at least two bailiffs were on duty in the courtroom at the time of the attack.

    Paradiso was on trial for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend, Eileen Pelt, in the neck as his mother drove them in her car. Debra Paradiso told police her son forced her to drive to Amador County, where he dumped the body.

    Paradiso's attorney, Charles Pacheco, said in opening arguments last week that his client was high on methamphetamine at the time. Pacheco did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

    Aaron Paradiso, the suspect's brother, told KCRA-TV of Sacramento that his brother was "crazy" and said he had told authorities and attorneys that he shouldn't be put on the stand. He said his mother had warned deputies that the family believed Paradiso had a cutting weapon from some sort of clipper or scissors.

    Concerns about courthouse security have grown since 2005, when an unshackled defendant being escorted into an Atlanta court for a rape trial stole a deputy's gun and went on a shooting rampage. A jury found Brian Nichols, 37, guilty in November of murdering the deputy, a judge and two others.
    So if the family warned the deputies that they thought that scumbag had 'some type of cutting instrument', while wasn't he thoroughly and properly searched?
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    Isn't it just so Kalifornia that a police detective who shoots and kills a man in the act of stabbing a judge is put on administrative leave and has to have an attorney defend his actions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bentcursor View Post
    Isn't it just so Kalifornia that a police detective who shoots and kills a man in the act of stabbing a judge is put on administrative leave and has to have an attorney defend his actions!
    Has nothing to do with California. Anytime a police officer shoots someone he is placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation is being done. That is standard practice for all police departments. As to a lawyer his union has will supply him with a lawyer if needed.

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    Look at the bright side -- someone who obviously needed killing, was.
    And we don't have to pay to keep his azz fed and housed.
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    He did the right thing and that is one good reason to lift the ban on concealed weapons restrictions in federal buildings and state buildings
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    +1 Freedom Doc, well said. He was covicted, sentanced and executed all in the same day. Well done, I wish it were always this fast.
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    Paradiso took the stand to testify around 2 p.m. and was quickly asked by prosecutors why he killed his girlfriend Eileen Pelt.

    He responded: "Cause she deserved to die."
    Mom witnessed it, he admitted to it. Are we really sure he's guilty?

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    Heard this on the radio this morning too.

    Aaron Paradiso, the suspect's brother, told KCRA-TV of Sacramento that his brother was "crazy" and said he had told authorities and attorneys that he shouldn't be put on the stand. He said his mother had warned deputies that the family believed Paradiso had a cutting weapon from some sort of clipper or scissors.
    I thought to myself; "Finally, a family that isn't insinuating that the suspect was an innocent victim of circumstance!"

    Glad the judge is 'okay'. At least physically.
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    I feel sorry for his lawyer. I can see him trying to argue diminished capacity for the first one. What could he say for this? I wouldn't be returning calls either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    +1 Freedom Doc, well said. He was covicted, sentanced and executed all in the same day. Well done, I wish it were always this fast.
    Well I guess they saved some taxpayers a few bucks.
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    Well, guess his lawyer is out his fees.

    Sounds like the Deputy did a good job.... although I think if pre-warned, a better search of the guy should have been done so it didn't come to that.

    On the other side, Justice was served.

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    Was the defendant in custody at the time of the trial, or was he out on bail? If he was in custody, it would seem that the deputies bringing him to court didn't do a thorough search. If he was out on bail, thats a different issue. The officers would need the same justification as a Terry frisk on the street. IMO. And its not up to the family if the defendant takes the stand, its up to the defendant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom Doc View Post
    Look at the bright side -- someone who obviously needed killing, was.
    And we don't have to pay to keep his azz fed and housed.
    +1

    Although it appears the judge was attacked from behind, I wonder if she'll be packing a gun when she returns to the bench?
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    Court Room Shooting

    Two thoughts...
    1) Officers are always put on admin leave after a shooting because they need time to wind down. Unlike the movies Cops don't enjoy shooting people. It's upsetting and it takes time for the Officer to come to grips with it. Remember it's not a war zone where they WANT you to shoot the bad guys. Depts want to make sure an Officer is ready to come back before they put him out on the street.

    2) I think any one who serves as a judge but doesn't carry a gun is nuts!

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