Joe Palmisano, Defense Attorney, Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting Secretary/Girlfriend's Ex
The Tempe criminal-defense attorney accused of shooting his secretary/girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has pleaded not guilty in the case.
The hard part for the defense of 48-year-old criminal-defense attorney Joe Palmisano will probably be the part about the victim recording the seconds leading up to the shooting on his iPhone, as you can see from the still frame to the right.
Police say he shot a man named Ryan Hall last month in the parking lot of Palmisano's law office, near Rural Road and Baseline Road.
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Hall has a son with Palmisano's secretary, who has also been Palmisano's girlfriend for the past six months, and Hall showed up to the office Thursday for a custodial exchange, according to court documents.
Palmisano took his .357 handgun out to the parking lot and ordered Hall out of his car, according to the documents. Hall grabbed the barrel of the gun and tried to wrestle it away from Palmisano, but Palmisano fired at Hall, hitting him in the back. Hall says this was recorded on his iPhone, which police now have. (Click here to see that very short clip).
According to the court documents, Palmisano then stood over Hall, saying "something to the effect of, 'Do you feel that? That's you dying, boy."
Police arrested Palmisano without incident, and he later explained to investigators that he thought Hall was hacking his computers and tapping his phones, although it's not clear how legitimate those concerns are.
Hall was hospitalized, as you can imagine, and Palmisano was arrested on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. He made his first court appearance with (another) defense attorney representing him.