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Bodyguards Involved In Brady-BŁndchen Wedding Shooting In Costa Rica Will Go To Trial

Three men will be starting trial on April 29 for shooting at an AFP news agency photographer two years ago while photographing near the sight of the wedding ceremony of NFL quarterback, Tom Brady and Brazilian super model, Gisele BŁndchen, in Puntarenas.

The men, working as bodyguards on April 4, 2009, face charges of attempted homicide for firing shots at AFP photographer, Yuri Cortez and a local press photographer, Carlos Aviles.

The trial will be in Puntarenas with "oral hearings", the first step in the criminal trial, is set to begin on April 29.

The defendants are identified as Alexander Rivas, Manuel Valverde and Miguel Solis, who formed the private security team around Brady and BŁndchen.

The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) was called to investigate on April 4, 2009, following reports of shots being fired in the area of Santa Teresa de Cobano, where the Brady-BŁndchen wedding ceremony was being held.

The OIJ report says that the photographers were on public property when private security guards forced them back onto private property, demanding they turn over their photographic equipment, when one of the bodyguards fired his weapon at the photographer's vehicle when they attempted to leave scene.

The bullet shattered the vehicle's windshield, ricocheting almost hitting Cortez, the report says.

A lawsuit filed in New York District Court in September 2009, accusing Brady and BŁndchen of authorizing employees to open fire with intent to kill or wound, was dismissed, the court saying it was out of their jurisdiction, as neither BŁndchen or Brady lived in New York at the time.



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