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UK Solicitor Shot at Desk in Law Office Is In Critical Condition

Posted Jul 5, 2012 11:30 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An unusual attack on a lawyer working at his desk in a British market town left other residents stunned and solicitor James Ward, who was shot in the head and airlifted to a Bristol hospital, in critical condition fighting for his life.

A 62-year-old builder who lost an expensive case in which the shooting victim's law firm, Morris Goddard and Ward, represented a former client of the builder has been charged with attempted murder. Defendant Michael Chudley reportedly lost his home in a foreclosure earlier this year.

Chudley also faces additional counts related to his alleged possession of a sawn-off shotgun and alleged threats made to a staff member of the law firm, according to the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and United Press International. He is being held without bail, after a hearing in Salisbury Magistrates' Court and

The attack at the law firm, which is located on St. John's Street in Devizes, Wiltshire, took place around 3 p.m. on Monday.

The Mirror and This Is Wiltshire also have stories.


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