Bakersfield DUI attorney Mark Joseph Madrigali pleaded not guilty to three felonies in Kern County Superior Court Friday in connection with the shooting of his wife.
Judge Michael Bush set bail at $2 million, nearly four times the $550,000 bail set at his booking at the downtown jail Wednesday.
Police were dispatched to the couple's home at 1220 Telegraph Ave. in northeast Bakersfield at 3:44 a.m. Wednesday and found Madrigali's wife, 51, inside the house suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper torso.
Kern Medical Center has not provided any updates on her condition since she was last said to be critical but stable following surgery Thursday.
Madrigali, 58, faces life in prison if convicted. He's charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and infliction of corporal injury on a spouse, with enhancements for premeditation.
The suspect didn't speak except to correct the court's misspelling of his last name.
Outside court, Deputy District Attorney Gina Pearl said she asked for higher bail because of the serious nature of the alleged crimes and because Madrigali owns several firearms.
"We're concerned for public safety in this case," she said.
The weapon in the shooting was a shotgun, Pearl said.
Defense attorney Mark Anthony Raimondo said after the arraignment that his client had been generally quiet and remorseful since the incident.
Raimondo added that Madrigali was a friend he had known for several years and was a "well-respected attorney."
Raimondo said he hoped the public would "keep an open mind until all the facts come out."
Madrigali had a private practice as a defense attorney for driving under the influence charges and traffic tickets. He was disciplined by the state bar after he was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008.
Madrigali's wife had sued for divorce last fall, citing irreconcilable differences, but the case lapsed.
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