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Retired Ventura County judge kills girlfriend, self

February 7, 2017

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a retired California judge has killed his girlfriend and himself.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/2li5t4h) reports 69-year-old Herbert Curtis III shot Patricia Payne and then turned the gun on himself after a standoff with police Sunday at his home.

Police say he shot himself as SWAT officers entered the home to rescue Payne, who died at a hospital. She was 54.

Officers were sent to the scene after a neighbor reported the two were arguing. Police say the motive remains under investigation.

Curtis, a nephew of boxing promoter Don King, was a prosecutor before being appointed in 1984 to Municipal Court and later to Superior Court. He retired in 2007.

There’s no record of disciplinary actions against Curtis by the courts commission while he was a judge.