Mitchell Joseph Azevedo, 55, stands accused of murdering his wife Sharon Lorraine Azevedo, 60, in their home on August 21, 2011. His lawyer is not disputing that he fired the fatal shot. They are claiming that, as a verbal dispute escalated, the gun Azevedo was holding “just went off” and the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling striking Mrs. Azevedo in the chest.
I have never been in the Azevedo house, but I find it hard to believe the interior ceiling material is bullet resistant.
The people's position is that this was a premeditated murder and not a heat-of-the-moment manslaughter due to a variety of factors, including statements made by Azevedo to third parties prior to the shooting.
The arraignment will be Sept. 19th.
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