Man Killed After Attacking Judge In Stockton Court

By: Tracie Cone and Garance Burke, Associated Press Email
By: Tracie Cone and Garance Burke, Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man on trial for killing his girlfriend
was shot to death inside a Stockton courtroom Wednesday afternoon,
after he attacked the judge presiding over his murder trial.

David Paradiso was fatally shot after he left the stand and
began attacking San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox
during a break in proceedings, said Karen McConnell, a county
spokeswoman.

McConnell said Paradiso had been testifying at about 2 p.m. when
his mother, in the audience, left the courtroom upset. Fox called a
recess, and as jurors filed out, Paradiso left the stand and
approached the judge from behind, she said.

Witnesses reported seeing Paradiso lift the judge and begin
punching and possibly stabbing her when bailiffs ran to her aid and
shots rang out.

Fox was carried out of the courthouse on a stretcher. The
courthouse immediately went on lockdown after the fracas, McConnell
said.

Paradiso was on trial for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in
the neck in his mother's car in 2006.

His attorney, Charles Pacheco, did not immediately return a call
seeking comment.


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