Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Shot Judge Is Father of Player Convicted of Rape

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Shot Judge Is Father of Player Convicted of Rape

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio * The man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot about 8 a.m. near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle, roughly 30 miles west of Pittsburgh.

Authorities identified the gunman as Nathaniel "Nate" Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond. Ma'Lik Richmond, then 17, served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party in 2012.

The case brought international attention and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the football team.

Investigators are still looking for a motive in the shooting and haven't found a connection to the rape case, Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said.

Records show Bruzzese was overseeing a wrongful-death lawsuit that Nate Richmond filed in April against the Jefferson County Metropolitan Housing Authority. A hearing on a motion by the housing authority to dismiss punitive damages claims was set for Aug. 28. Messages were left for Richmond's attorneys.

Richmond had a few traffic violations , and several years ago he was arrested on various domestic violence and assault charges, court records show.

The prosecutor said Bruzzese was shoved to the ground during Monday's attack. Courthouse video shows the judge and Richmond firing about five times each, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said.

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told WTOV-TV that Bruzzese was talking after being wounded. He was flown to a hospital. Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, said he was told the judge would survive.

The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, one of Bruzzese's judicial colleagues said. …

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