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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  • by Muddy Location: Yorktown, Va on Jul 25, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    I grew up with the guy in Va. Me and some friends have been following this for a while. I'd love to say we saw it coming but we remember him as a fairly cool guy. Hadn't heard from him in years. All I can say now is WTF. Noz certainly deserves to spend his life in prison. Glad the police stuck with it.
  • by Jennifer Location: CSpgs on Jul 24, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    I find it funny that people are claiming that the guy having an affair with someone else's wife is such a stand up guy.
  • by Mystery Location: Amberly Dr on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    Wow, the police were way off on this one! They thought it was somebody else and warned us. So how did he do it? Was he on foot? Get away car on Stetson? I want to know. I remember hearing that shot on that quiet snowy morning =( It was scary!
  • by Northside Location: Pueblo West on Jul 23, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    In response to post by Tim.... Well, it looks as if they have overwhelming evidence on this guy, as you are in his defense. While he has not been formally sentenced to life in prison, it certainly looks as if all they need is a trial to convict him...Duhhh...!
  • by oh wow Location: co springs on Jul 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM
  • by Tim Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    I find it funny that everyone is already passing judgment. Comments like, "I'm glad they finally got this guy" and "There's a special place reserved in Hell for people like him" show how foolish we as society can be. We have seen in the news already how jumping to conclusions makes us look foolish, be it murder or assuming someone is a racist. Let the facts speak and let the police and DA prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Mr. Nozolino is the criminal before you all condemn him. I am sure that if the situation was reversed, you all would want the same courtesy.
  • by Margaret Location: co spgs on Jul 21, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    We used to live on the street where the shooting of Nov 2008 took place,just several houses away. They kept showing a house across the street from the shooting, was the shooter living there???? Just wondering why they keep showing this house on the news
  • by Kris Location: CSpgs on Jul 17, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    I'm glad they finally got this guy -- too bad they didn't get him back when he shot the attorney and fired on a judge's home -- then Rick would be alive and his family wouldn't be living the nightmare they must still be going through.
  • by Stealth Location: Amberly Drive on Jul 16, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    As someone who lives just a few houses from this, I want to thank the investigators and others who brought this to resolution and got this guy off the streets. Sad that it can happen on our street, but that's todays world, I guess.
  • by J Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 16, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    I am a close friend of Richard Schreiner's daughter and know what kind of emotional dmage this coward has caused a wonderful human being. i hope they nail him to the wall and he never sees the light of day again. He is a coward that didn't even have the guts to look his victim in the eye. There's a special place reserved in Hell for people like him.
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