Hearing Delayed For Man Charged With Killing Wife's Lover


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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  • by Alan Location: home on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    One question: who did he get in a fight with? What was the fight about? Typical example of bad investigative journalism.
  • by Alan Location: home on Dec 4, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    Brogan is right, there is much more to this story... Bruce made some very powerful and influential enemies during his divorce proceedings with unwise tactics, such as representing himself, accusing the judge and Cicolella of misconduct, antagonizing the police, etc. He had so many enemies, over the years, on several occasions he would hire a local attorney only to have that attorney call him a day or two later refusing to represent him. Most people form opinions without researching all sides of a situation. Don't be so quick to judge, and don't blindly accept the "authorities" version without questioning. Brogan is the only one who intuitively noticed something about their case doesn't seem right. Bob, his wife lives on the east coast. Last I saw her she put on a lot of weight.
  • by jennifer Location: southeast side on Dec 3, 2010 at 09:59 PM
    LOL...what a dork
  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    Divorce attorneys aren't the problem. Cicolella has protected hundreds of abused spouses and partners and their children from manipulative and exploitive sociopaths and narcissists masquerading as "victims" of their ex, life, and the system. I'd want him protecting my interests against a monster like this idiot shooter any day...
  • by Anon on Dec 3, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    @Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 04:54 PM, Stop taking your meds again? What makes a person so angry that they make comments as nutty as yours?? I am curious but it doesn't take a genius to see that your comment has more to do with something that happened to you than anything to do with this case.
  • by Jim Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 3, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    He looks awful happy to be a killer. I can understand his anger at the lawyer, but why kill the guy the wife was having the affair with? I didn't read anywhere where she was raped or forced against her will.
  • by Jeremy Location: C/S on Dec 3, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    I hope they fry this piece of garbage and his smug little smile.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Interesting comments from Cicolella. Really John? You don't equate what happened to you might be the very same thing YOU HAVE DONE? You are guilty of making families live in fear everyday because they got involved in the 'divorce wars' lawyers like you write, create, and direct. Violence is never the answer and I am sorry you got shot but I feel less sorry for you than I do for all the kids and families whose lives have been torn apart by the divorce war games you are a part of sir.
  • by Bob Location: CS on Dec 3, 2010 at 03:16 PM
    Wife seems to had a lot of fun driving this guy crazy. Is she still hanging around here in town? Does anyone know what bar she frequents?
  • by Brogan Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 3, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    How is it that this guy shoots to kill a local attorney in 2002 and apparently is still not in prison in 2008 when he kills another man? More information would be helpful in this article.
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