Prison term for officer's bride
Around The Valley
Daily News of Los Angeles (CA)
January 8, 2008
A Los Angeles police officer's bride pleaded no contest Monday to attempted voluntary manslaughter for shooting him twice at their Reseda apartment and then trying to run him over at a bus stop. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz immediately sentenced 39-year-old Yolanda Yvette Cade to 10 1/2 years in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Edward Nison said. Authorities said Cade shot her husband of about a month in the arm and lower body July 1, 2006, after she found a text message on his cell phone that she believed was meant for another woman. Police said she followed her husband in the family's SUV and tried to run him down, barely missing a woman at the bus stop. Along with the charge involving her husband, Cade pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon involving that woman, Nison said.
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[CA] Yolanda Cade, wife of LAPD Detective, sentenced for shooting him
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Los Angeles Daily News
BY BRANDON LOWREY
VAN NUYS - A woman accused of shooting her LAPD detective husband twice in a jealous rage before crashing the couple's sport-utility vehicle trying to run him was ordered today to stand trial.
Yolanda Cade, 39, bowed her head and closed her eyes as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Leslie Dunn read the charges for which she would be held to answer: Three counts of attempted murder and two counts of child abuse.
If convicted, she could face 70 years to life in prison. The judge's ruling came after a half-day preliminary hearing.
The "heat of passion," as Cade's defense attorney described it, boiled over just after midnight July 2, 2006, in Tarzana when Cade discovered a text message to another woman on her husband's cell phone. The two had been married for only a month.
Cade grabbed Los Angeles police Detective Ronald Cade's 9mm service handgun and confronted him in their apartment bedroom. One of her teenage daughters described to police what happened next.
"He was asking her to forgive him," LAPD Detective Wayne Blandin, who had interviewed the girl last year, testified during today's preliminary hearing. Then, "he was yelling for her to put down the guns - plural."
The girl told officers she heard two gunshots before Yolanda Cade ran out of the room.
Her husband walked out of the bedroom next, clutching the two guns - the 9mm handgun he had been shot with and a .40 caliber Glock - and bleeding from his torso and arm.
He told the daughter to call 911 as he ran out of the complex in the 18000 block of Hatteras Street.
Yolanda Cade then led her daughters and 11-month-old grandson down into the complex's parking garage and had them get into the couple's SUV. She strapped the infant into a safety seat and drove outside, looking for her husband, Blandin said.
She found him, bleeding and screaming for help at a nearby bus stop.
What happened next is up for debate.
Defense attorney Anthony Willoughby said his client, in the heat of passion, accidentally shifted into drive instead of reverse, and her daughters could back up that claim.
Detectives interviewed on the stand today said witnesses saw Cade trying to run down her bloodied husband, swerving toward him as he dodged the barreling SUV.
She crashed into the bus stop kiosk and a tree. At least one of her daughters, neither of whom who were wearing seat belts, suffered minor injuries, the detectives said.
After the crash, Cade got out of the SUV and charged at her husband again, according to an LAPD statement. He fired a warning shot to keep her back until police arrived to arrest her.
Yolanda Cade's defense attorney argued that since the crash was an accident, the court should throw out the child abuse charge.
"She set out and did deliberately use that car as a battering ram," Dunn said, denying the request.