Hearing Delayed For Man Charged With Killing Wife's Lover

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The preliminary hearing for a Colorado Springs man with a laundry list of charges ranging from first degree murder to tampering with a witness has been delayed.

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 five counts of tampering with a witness.

The preliminary hearing for the first degree murder charges and the attempted murder charges was delayed Friday when the defense asked for a continuance.

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 was not charged with that crime until 2009.

The first degree murder charges stem from a separate case. 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.

Then came more charges against Nozolino for allegedly tampering with a grand jury witness that was set to testify in his case. Nozolino's been charged with five counts of Tampering with a Witness or a Victim, in addition to his other charges, a class four felony.

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

Nozolino's preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for February 11 at 9 a.m.


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