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For first time, Brazilian justice system takes 21 shots to the chest

Car where the judge was killed.

On the street where murdered Judge Patricia Acioli lived in Piratininga , an oceanside region of Niterói in Rio do Janeiro (RJ), witnesses detailed what happened on Wednesday night, when the magistrate was “literally” executed with 21 shots. The crime was committed by two men on a single motorcycle. Witnesses say that they did not appear in any hurry to leave.

According to reports, the hitmen used dark clothes,  helmets and a black Twister motorcycle. They had been hiding behind a van abandoned near the home of Acioli to ambush her when she got home. After the shooting, the tallest and strongest of the hitmen maneuvered the bike , while the other  aimed to get off two more shots.

“They ran away. Soon after her son arrived, he saw the motorcycle escaping.  At that moment a car was passing by, and people thought it was related,” said a witness. “I’ve talked with at least three people, and all tell the same story.”

Relatives of judge Acioli  suspect that the crime was committed by people with cases pending to be judged by the magistrate.

As of Saturday night, 18 people were interviewed by investigators. At least 20 agents are working for clues about the murderers.

Acioli, Judge of the 4th Criminal Court of São Gonçalo, was shot dead inside her car at about 23:30 on August 11th outside her home in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro .

Patricia, 47, was responsible for the arrest of four sub officers of the Military Police and a woman in September 2010, accused of being part of a group of hitmen in São Gonçalo.  The judge was on a “black list” with 12 names possibly marked for death. The list was  found during the arrest of alleged criminal Wanderson Silva Tavares, alias “”Gordinho” (“Fat”), arrested in January 2011 in Guarapari and considered the head of a gang in São Gonçalo.