Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chino, CA

Lover's Triangle Ends in Murder Charge

Client, who was married, was involved in an extra-marital affair with a co-worker. Co-worker was separated from her husband. Co-worker's husband finds out about the affair, shows up at client’s home and exits his vehicle at client's driveway brandishing a .38 caliber revolver. Client’s children, ages, 1, 4, 5 & 6, were outside playing. Client rushes husband, a struggle ensues over the gun and gun discharges. Client takes the gun away from husband. Husband rushes client and grabs the gun by the barrel. Client fires two shots at the husband. Husband goes down and client continues firing until gun is emptied. Client in a panic left the scene. Client remained a fugitive for 25 years. Client is apprehended 25 years later and charged with First Degree Murder, facing 25 years to life in prison.

Family retains the Madrid Law Firm. After a full blown jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on the Murder charge, but found client Guilty on the lesser included offense of Voluntary Manslaughter. The Father-Daughter team of Ed Madrid and Erica Madrid-Murray tried the case with Erica taking the lead. Special thanks to our super team, Cindy Madrid, Elizabeth Estrada, Stephanie Carrillo, John Murray, Lara Gressley, and Derek Devermont-Law for their continuing and endless support.

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