10/18/2005

Wife of TV Legal Analyst Found Slain - Yahoo! News

Foul play obviously, but politically connected ? -- law

LAFAYETTE, Calif. - The wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz was found slain in the entryway of the couple's San Francisco Bay area home, authorities said Sunday.
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Horowitz, currently leading the defense in a sensational murder trial, called 911 Saturday evening to report that he found his wife, Pamela Vitale, dead in their home, police said.

Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies said Sunday that the death was being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was planned Monday to determine how she was killed.

"We talked to a number of people last night, but there's nobody in custody. We're still trying to establish a motive," said a police spokesman

Horowitz, 50, is a regular television legal analyst who appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News and was a frequent commentator during the
Laci Peterson murder trial. He is also a successful criminal defense attorney known for handling high-profile cases.

Horowitz was the lawyer for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko in a multicount money-laundering and fraud trial. In May, a judge threw out half of the convictions against Lazarenko, who is under house arrest at an undisclosed location in the Bay Area.

Wife of TV Legal Analyst Found Slain - Yahoo! News

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