Arraignment delayed for Modesto husband accused of killing wife

August 23, 2011 

— A judge on Tuesday postponed an arraignment hearing for a man accused of shooting to death his wife during an apparent domestic dispute Sunday at the couple’s home in Modesto’s Village 1.

Mitchell Joseph Azevedo, 53, has been charged with murder in the death of his wife, 60-year-old Sharon Lorraine Azevedo.

Enhancements have been added to the charges, alleging the defendant committed murder with premeditation and used a gun, according to a criminal complaint filed this week at the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

Azevedo entered the courtroom wearing a red and white inmate jumpsuit and shackles on his wrists and ankles. He was being held at the Stanislaus County Jail on Tuesday night, and his bail was set at $2 million.

The public defender assigned to the case asked Judge Thomas Zeff to postpone the arraignment for two weeks because he had not yet received discovery evidence from the prosecution. The judge scheduled Azevedo to return to court Sept. 6 for his arraignment.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the Azevedo home in the 3300 block of Creek Bed Court, about a quarter-mile southeast of Enochs High School.

Police received two calls. The first reported the dispute, and the second reported Sharon Azevedo may have been shot. She was pronounced dead at a Modesto hospital.

Officers have been at the Azevedo home after domestic disputes in the past, Modesto police spokesman Lt. Rick Armendariz said. He did not know how many times.

The Azevedos were in financial difficulty. Public records show they lost their home to foreclosure in March. Capital One Bank and US Bank also had filed liens totaling nearly $30,000 against the couple after winning civil judgments against them.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at (209) 578-2394.

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