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Former District Attorney Jim Brazelton dies in Modesto

Jim Brazelton, the man who ran the Stanislaus County district attorney’s office for a dozen years and led the prosecution team that convicted double-murderer Scott Peterson, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

He was 66.

His death came as a great shock to his former second-in-command, Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley, who rushed to the intensive care unit in the late afternoon to find that her former boss had passed away.

Shipley said she saw Brazelton at a Lions Club meeting a week ago and believed he was in good health. She said he was in the hospital in recent days, but she did not know what caused his death.

“He was a tough prosecutor. He was one of the best in the courtroom. And he had a heart of gold when it came to friends and family,” Shipley said.

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