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Police still seeking Judge Kocurek’s assailant

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Police said Sunday that they had no new information to share about the investigation into Friday night’s shooting of Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek. Kocurek, who is the presiding felony judge, was shot as she returned to her West Austin home shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday. Her neighbors reported hearing four shots. Kocurek was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital, where she was reported to be in stable condition in the intensive care unit. Mayor Steve Adler expressed a wish for her speedy recovery at Sunday’s special called meeting of the City Council. Kocurek was appointed to the newly created 390th district court in 1999 by then-Gov. George W. Bush. Although she was elected as a Republican initially, Kocurek switched parties in 2006, noting that she was more comfortable as a Democrat.

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