More Charges For Man Tied To Attempted Murders, Fatal Shooting

By: KKTV; McKenzie Martin Email
By: KKTV; McKenzie Martin Email

Bruce Nozolino has been indicted for shooting a Colorado Springs divorce attorney and killing the man who was allegedly having an affair with his wife. Now he's also being charged with 5 counts of tampering with a witness.

Nozolino is accused of shooting a Colorado Springs divorce attorney, John Ciccolella, back in 2002, but he was never previously charged. Ciccolella was hired by Nozolino's wife to handle the divorce. He was in his office on January 23, 2002 at 405 South Cascade in Colorado Springs when he was shot in the head. He lost his right eye but survived the shooting. His son, Chad, was there and Ciccolella credits him for saving his life.

11 News spoke with Ciccolella about the case. He says he's been living with the nightmare for years. "It was so powerful, that I knew it had stopped my heart, and that I was going to die."

He says that he has lived in fear everyday since. "It's been like combat, always looking over your shoulder because you never know when the next bullet may come," said Ciccolella.

Nozolino has also been charged with first degree murder. Investigators say Nozolino shot and killed Richard Schreiner in November 2008 as Schreiner was shoveling snow outside his Colorado Springs home. He was hit once in the chest.

Court documents show Schreiner allegedly had an affair with Nozolino's wife, causing the 2002 divorce.

Nozolino is also accused of two other shootings. One of those shootings was into Ciccolella's home in 2001 but no one was injured in that incident. The other attempted shooting was into the home of Judge Gilbert Martinez, but again, no one was injured. Judge Martinez was the presiding judge on Nozolino's divorce.

Now there are more charges being brought against Nozolino for allegedly tampering with a grand jury witness that was set to testify in his case. There are now 5 counts of Tampering with a Witness or a Victim, in addition to his other charges. This is a class four felony.

4th Judicial District Attorney's Office Director of Community Partnerships Kathleen Walsh says, "The District Attorney's Office takes these matters seriously. Tampering laws are put into place to ensure the integrity of the truth finding process of the grand jury."

Authorities are not releasing the details of Nozolino's alleged witness tampering.

Nozolino was arrested again on those tampering charges Thursday night in the jail. Since he's already being held for first degree murder, there is no bond.


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