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    TX - Judge Julie Kocurek shot, injured at her Austin home, 6 Nov 2015

    Police said the shooting was reported at 10:16 p.m. Kocurek had just returned home and was accompanied by others when she was shot, police Cmdr. Mark Spangler said. No one else with the judge was shot.

    A neighbor of Kocurek’s told the American-Statesman that she “just heard four pops.”

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    Most recently, she was overseeing the case of Mark Norwood, who was convicted in the infamous 1986 killing of Christine Morton and is now facing charges in the 1988 death of Debra Baker. She also was presiding over the case of Dara Llorens, who was arrested in Mexico for the 2002 kidnapping of her daughter, Sabrina Allen.
    http://www.statesman.com/news/news/l...ide-hom/npH5r/
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    Thank goodness it seems her injuries are not life threatening. Hopefully the answers will come from her.

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    Kocurek, a former prosecutor, was appointed to the court by then-Gov. George W. Bush in 1999. She went on to become the only Republican elected to a state district judgeship in Travis County, the heavily-Democratic county that is home to the State Capitol. In 2006, she switched to the Democratic party, the Austin American-Statesman said.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...n-cops-n459176
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    She has been involved with several high profile cases including the murder of Samantha Dean. Former Austin Police Officer VonTrey Clark is accused of killing her. Dean, a victim services counselor for the Kyle Police Department, was pregnant when she was found shot to death in Bastrop County in February.
    http://www.kvue.com/story/homepage/2...home/75355498/
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    Article linked above reports the Judge was accompanied by others when she was shot...

    Hopefully the witnesses will be able to provide clues to LE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IHAVENOCLUE View Post
    Article linked above reports the Judge was accompanied by others when she was shot...

    Hopefully the witnesses will be able to provide clues to LE...
    Pretty brazen to shoot a judge with witnesses there, isn't it? Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfieTX View Post
    Pretty brazen to shoot a judge with witnesses there, isn't it? Wow.

    That's what I was thinking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfieTX View Post
    She has been involved with several high profile cases including the murder of Samantha Dean. Former Austin Police Officer VonTrey Clark is accused of killing her. Dean, a victim services counselor for the Kyle Police Department, was pregnant when she was found shot to death in Bastrop County in February.
    Bingo, Samantha Dean case....it would not surprise me.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...rop-4-Feb-2015

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    Judge Kocurek is currently in stable condition. Sources tell KXAN she was admitted into ICU for observation. Sources also say that the Judge received injuries to the upper body, but that it was not a direct hit. The injuries are to her upper body, mostly the left shoulder and face area.

    Investigators have not said whether or not the shooting is connected to her work as a judge. Sources tell KXAN that the initial investigation suggests Judge Kocurek was targeted.
    http://kxan.com/2015/11/07/travis-co...-outside-home/

    Lousy shot or trying to hit her face?
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    Police said the shooting occurred as Kocurek and her family arrived home, and it was unclear whether the shooter was targeting the judge or the incident was a botched robbery.

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    Spangler told reporters that because the shooting was at night and in the dark, there was little information available to police about the gunman, and it was unclear how many suspects might be involved. Police arrived about five minutes after the shooting was reported.

    Police conducted a search for the gunman late Friday and handed out flyers Saturday seeking information related to the shooting. The judge lives in a wealthy area of $1 million and $2 million homes, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...home/75361290/
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    There should be plenty of security cameras in that neighborhood. Hopefully, there were some good images taken of the perp even though it was at night. I'm sure there are also floodlights at most of the homes. Hoping LE can gather enough information to ID the perpetrator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Anna View Post
    There should be plenty of security cameras in that neighborhood. Hopefully, there were some good images taken of the perp even though it was at night. I'm sure there are also floodlights at most of the homes. Hoping LE can gather enough information to ID the perpetrator.
    Good idea regarding the likelihood of many security cameras in that neighborhood...


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    A loving wife, a caring mother, and a well-respected judge. It's the last person former State District Judge Jon Wisser thought would be involved in an attack.

    The local legal community is rattled after the shooting of State District Judge Julie Kocurek Friday night. Kocurek is in serious condition, but she is expected to live after the incident which happened outside her West Austin home.

    "Very pleasant person. When you think of judges who might get people angry, and want to take a shot at them, she's certainly the opposite of that," said Judge Jon Wisser, a former state district court judge.

    Wisser worked alongside Judge Julie Kocurek before she was elected to the bench.

    "Considered rationale, reasonable. You know you read about judges belittling people, yelling at people, calling people words -- that's not her at all. If you ask me to list judges that would make people angry with them, she would be near the bottom of the list in Travis County," Wisser added.
    http://www.cbs19.tv/story/30464937/j...udges-shooting
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    The Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski reported Sunday that Kocurek had been threatened several times in the past couple of years. "Law enforcement sources said Sunday that they still think the shooting Friday night probably was tied to Kocurek’s work as a judge, even though such attacks on judges are fairly infrequent," Plohetski wrote. "The attacker apparently made no demands for money or property during the brief encounter, leading investigators to think robbery was not the motive."
    http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/09/brief/
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