A man charged with at least three shootings, one fatal, surrounding his divorce was in court Friday for a bond hearing.
The judge has ruled Bruce Nozolino, the man charged with murdering his ex-wife's lover, shooting her divorce attorney, and attempting to shoot the judge presiding over the divorce, will be allowed out on $10 million bond.
The judge set his bond extremely high because of concern over Nozolino's violent past and his inability to comply with court orders. The judge also is requiring him to wear a GPS monitoring system at all times.
Nozolino has been accused of first-degree murder for the 2008 death of Richard Schreiner, the man who, court documents show, was having an affair with Nozolino's wife, causing the 2002 divorce. Police say Nozolino fatally shot Schreiner while he shoveled snow outside his Colorado Springs home in November 2008.
In addition, Nozolino has been accused of attempted first degree murder for shooting his ex-wife’s divorce attorney, John Ciccolella in 2002. Nozolino was arrested in 2009 for the 2002 shooting of Ciccolella. 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.
Nozolino was already sitting in jail at the time of his re-arrest for the fatal shooting of Schreiner.
Nozolino is also accused of two other shootings. One of those shootings was into Ciccolella's home, 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.
An 11 News reporter is in the courtroom, and tells us that the court has ruled that there's enough evidence to prove Nozolino had motive to commit the actions he has been accused of. The court has determined that Nozolino had opportunity, and the time line points to him.
Witnesses then told the the judge why he should stay in prison, but the judge has decided he'll be allowed to bond out. The victims and their families are upset. They're pleading with the judge, saying Nozolino is a danger to our community and can not be on the streets. Ciccolella says if he [Nozolino] bonds out, "I will be a dead man."
Nozolino will also have to stay 1,000 yards away from the homes and businesses of all his alleged victims. The prosecution said 100 yards would not be enough because in some of the crimes Nozolino is accused of committing, the shots were fired from a good distance away.
Nozolino has received five charges of tampering with a grand jury witness set to testify in his case. Tampering with a witness is a class four felony. Nozolino was arrested on the tampering charges on July 15, 2010.
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