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Lawyer facing murder trial over wife's shooting dies of drug overdose

By Neasa MacErlean

09 December 2015 at 09:01 BST

Mark Madrigali, 60, was due to face a murder trial after admitting to shooting his 51-year old wife, Trivia, in summer 2013 - but he has always maintained that the incident was an accident.

Andrei Tudoran

Mr Madrigali, whose practice in Bakersfield focused on traffic issues and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In October, he was found dead at his Californian home by his own lawyer, who, concerned at not having heard from him for a couple of days, went along to the house with another lawyer. A coroner has now held that he had not intended to commit suicide but that he had become intoxicated with drugs. 

Accused of being abusive alcoholic

Mrs Madrigali had died from complications a month after she was shot in the chest. Officers had smelt alcohol on her husband's breath when they came to the house in response to his call to emergency services, according to court filings. Her family said that he was an abusive alcoholic who had threatened his wife's life before. His trial is due to start next week, on 14 December Sources: ABABakersfield Californian


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