Man Charged With Murdering Ex-Wife's Lover Allowed Bond

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

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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  • by @Maria on Feb 12, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Get over yourself Maria! It has everything to do with free speech whether you like it or not. Just because someone spouts what they would do, doesn't mean they're going to run out and do it. If that were the case, this whole city would be locked up. Get a grip girl.
  • by Maria Location: COS on Feb 12, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    I find the posted responses by Brian and Jeremy extremely disturbing and a public invitation to commit more violence. This has nothing to do with freedom of speech or providing a forum to share opinions and facts. Posting these type of comments is irresponsible and wrong. I hope KKTV will apply better judgment in the future.
  • by Not THAT hard to comprehend on Feb 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    Geez people, really? The whole premise behind putting high bonds like that is to make money. If by some crazy chance he posts bail and skips, the city has a nice bond to collect on. The judge can say 'Well, I put the bond high so he wouldn't get out. It's not my fault he murdered again.' If there was ever something that needs fixing it's the crooked deals between judges and bondsman. I'd love to get greased like many of our crooked judges do. Ever find it funny certain bond companies can get you out of jail faster?
  • by lol Location: cs on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Well I can sleep better at night knowing Jack Handy saved money on his car insurance.
  • by Bizzy on Feb 12, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    The judicial system is a fickled thing indeed. People doing minor crimes get the shaft and those that obviously need to be put away get bail and a slap on the hand. There are loop holes all over the place, some lawyers just know how to find them. Those of you that are saying the horrible things to do to this man are actually no better than he is himself. I don't want this man out on the street anymore than any of you do , but there is obviously something we don't know.
  • by Vulcan1700 Location: COS on Feb 12, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Max...Have you ever read the number of killings or rapes or beatings committed by dirt bags out on bail. No I am not for lynching but I am for keeping scum in jail especially in violent cases.
  • by Vulcan1700 Location: COS on Feb 12, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    Once again a judge confirms ignorance that runs rampid in the Bench. He thinks the amount of bond will keep him in jail...if the judge wants him in jail and this guy is violent, then put no bail. What if by some miracle the guy makes bail and then kills again. However unlikely that is, a life is lost. I have yet to hear about, see, or learn of a judge with good common sense. Our legal system needs a good up grading.
  • by huH? on Feb 12, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    This article says, "the shots were fired from a good distance away." But I've read that they have no idea where the shots were fired from, so how do they know?
  • by Jackie on Feb 12, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    This story is leaving a lot out. If you go the Gazette, you'll get more facts. This article is very biased towards the prosecution. From the Gazette: "Arapahoe County Chief Judge William Sylvester set the bond after ruling that prosecutors did not have enough evidence in the first-degree murder case to continue to hold Nozolino without bond." Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/nozolino-112710-murder-wife.html#ixzz1Dks0pMAM @Anonymous, there were NO eye witnesses. Not one person that can place Nozolino at ANY of these crime scenes. No physical evidence. According to yesterday's testimony, the murdered man had several affairs, not just with Nozolino's wife...so there are probably other angry husbands out there. Believe me, I want this guy to go down... but for the right reasons.
  • by Disgusted Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 12, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    Brian- Maybe YOU should be rotting in jail next to him!!! That is sick. Just for that, I pray someone cheats on you...and I pray that the cops throw you in prison before your psycho self does something stupid. You're worse than this POS!!!
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