Judge Julie Kocurek

An intense manhunt is underway for a gunman who ambushed and shot a Texas judge in the driveway of her Austin home late Friday.

Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek was returning home with "others" when a gunman stepped out of the shadows and shot her at about 10 p.m. No one else with the judge was shot.

Someone placed a bag of trash or a garbage can in the middle of the driveway in front of a security gate, requiring her driver to exit the car to move it. That's when the judge was shot. Police have no leads on a suspect.

A neighbor told reporters he and his wife heard four gunshots ring out "in rapid succession” in the upscale neighborhood of $1 million to $2 million lakefront homes on Scenic Drive just after 10.

Judge Kocurek was listed in critical condition at a local hospital, but her condition was upgraded to stable around midnight Saturday.

The judge was threatened by former Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry after a grand jury indicted him on felony coercion and abuse-of-power charges in August 2014.

An outraged Perry held a news conference to say, "This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is." He added that "those responsible will be held to account."

Judge Kocurek responded to Perry's threat saying the grand jury would be protected from Perry or anyone else since "no one is above the law."

Perry withdrew from the 2016 presidential race in September, and the judge recused herself from presiding over his abuse-of-power case.

Judge Kocurek's recusal was seen by some as fear since Perry -- a gun enthusiast -- has strong ties to the Austin Police Department and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Judge Kocurek is under tight security at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

“Judge Kocurek is a wonderful woman,” said District Judge David Wahlberg. “It’s unfathomable to think that anyone would be angry with her.”

Kocurek was appointed to the bench in 1999 by then Republican Governor George W. Bush.

She is currently presiding over a murder case involving a former Austin police officer.

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  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    May she return to her daily life with ease. Hopefully they'll catch the person(s) who did this to her. Punk azzes.

  • southern

    This is terrible. Hope she recovers.

  • Ms.Capricorn101

    Funny how Sandra gonna try and throw Rick Perry under the bus. Lol. #NoChill

  • AJ

    He needs to be thrown under a bus! Perry allowed an innocent man to be put to death and he was aware of his innocence. Look up the Todd Willingham or Cameron Todd Willingham case. Damn shame!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Smh

  • Sexy CJ

    An intense manhunt is underway for a gunman who ambushed and shot a Texas judge in the driveway of her Austin home late Friday.

    Travis County District Judge Julie Kocurek was returning home with “others” when a gunman stepped out of the shadows and shot her at about 10 p.m.........

  • Sexy CJ

    The judge was threatened by former Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry after a grand jury indicted him on felony coercion and abuse-of-power charges in August 2014.

    An outraged Perry held a news conference to say, “This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is.” He added that “those responsible will be held to account".......

  • Sexy CJ

    ************

  • 80sChild

    So true and they didn't shoot and kill each other to settle their beef.

  • IntroSpective

    No threat can be taken lightly in this day and time. Society in general is seriously lacking moral fiber. ?

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    This rhoa reunion from last season, smh... Cynthia is working my LAST with that 'I found my voice' story line and fancy troll doll Whig, smh ... and don't get me started on Kandi!!! :shakes fist:

  • Ms. Moore

    Why am I picturing Kayne West saying this? (*Tom and Jerry had the realest beef of all time*) lmao!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I just saw an interesting video on pharmaceutical medications being found in the US drinking water! This is something I already thought of by the way... But the reporter even noted that an overwhelming amount of the medications are also in the rivers ... It has been changing male fish into female fish.. the estrogen in this water is altering the sex of animals .... Now they are wondering what affect this may have on humans ! Well duh ! ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hey Ashy ? literally... Stepping up in here with that Gravie Chile ?????

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    She luh you Jenie! Don't do her like that, Rofl!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Oh my! Cynthia was worried bout the wrong thing all last season ....She should have been concerned with Peter's extracurricular activities :tea:

  • Sexy CJ

    Lol......that sounds like something he would definitely say...

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Wow, and he's defending this 'young lady's' honor to his WIFE! Hail nawl Peter!
    #guilty!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    As much as she tried to say otherwise, we all knew Petty Petra won't shit

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bawahahha ???

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Did Kenya really try to shade Sheree' s property and then pulled up to an abandoned gutted property herself???!!! If she don't get somewhere with that 'tear down' :ghost:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile I'm sick of these Alexandria folks ! Ugh

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Interesting
    Unclockable Water

  • nucynu25

    Yep

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile! Been saying this for years and now they decide to run a study on drinking water ! Tuh !

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I was watching something earlier about some Indians and this river in North America. Water was murky as hail.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    (Erin Andrews voice)
    Well what they do Jenny? ?

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Where is DTTS?! Dead Man Walking is on, and I can't watch it with Glen being gone! :wail: :kick & scream: WHYYYYY!!!!!!?????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Carl needs to kill this little twit ??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I know da Chattahoochie is filthy Chile! Full of bacteria!

  • Mel

    Someone obviously put out a hit on her smh no one is safe

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I missed the first half hour ???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Aww man Maggie pregnant ??????????????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ! That leader lady is a dead woman walking Chile !

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Man...????. That little Enid wench is so obviously a wolf...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Probably is Chile!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Wait who Enid that little teen gal??

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I guess Maggie being pregnant is what they meant when they said we'd see Glenn again in some way ??

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Yeah, the one that ran away when the wolves came. She ran back to them!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Oh yeah! Hell yeah

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I didn't realize Sasha, Abraham, and Daryl are still missing. Shyt!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile Ion know Chile.... Still may be hope :pray:

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile they still driving ???

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    THE WALL IS FRACTURING GIRL! So much for Alexandria being a safe haven.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I saw that !

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I hope this Jesse chick is eaten!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Oh, you too? Yeah, she irks me. So do her kids.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile... And take her little annoying kids too Chile ?

  • iWasteTime

    Vivica out here outing ninjas ??
    Tomorrow should be quite fun! !!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Who got outed?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Prayers for recovery. MempHitz is all kinds of crazy even those not invented yet.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    He's gonna drag her and all her wigs.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    He told Toya to zip it and she did lawd I'm sew embarrassed for this chile.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lawd she just looked so crazy on this show. I can't.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    And he's proud to be (or not to be)lol!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Time it has begun by folks who said they were suicidal the week before

  • Sexy CJ

    ************

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    He acted a plum dumb fool.

  • Pebbles

    "IF Allegedly" her body guards were with her, uh! She need a whole new team"

    Isn't that something you would see on law & order? Trash can in the middle____ then driver have to exist

    Yeah! She need a whole new squad .. Hope she makes a quick recovery.

  • Ms.Capricorn101

    Somebody please bring Nancy's gravie a warm, wet rag with Dove soap on it & maybe a little clorox too! Lol.

  • Meme81

    Judges should probably live in gated communities or carry a ghat because there are a lot of people probably looking for getback.

  • Renee Bee

    I really hope this is not a set-up. The plot is straight off of primetime tv.

  • Too Many Colors

    This chit be real. Judges and prosecutors AND their families be at risk man. Shat happened here.

    "An elaborate kidnapping plot that targeted a Wake Forest, North Carolina, man ended with his dramatic rescue in Atlanta by an FBI hostage squad about midnight Wednesday, law enforcement said Thursday.

    Frank Arthur Janssen is receiving medical treatment but is safe after being held captive for five days by five people who face federal kidnapping charges, according to law enforcement officials who held a news conference in Wake Forest.

    The kidnappers sent demands to Janssen's family "for the benefit" of Kelvin Melton, an inmate at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina, read an affidavit in support of a search warrant related to criminal complaints against the defendants.

    Melton is serving a life sentence without parole, said FBI North Carolina Special Agent John Strong. It was not immediately clear for what.

    Janssen's daughter, an assistant district attorney in Wake County, had prosecuted Melton, officials said."

  • Too Many Colors

    Curtis Jackson

  • MissyJ

    Speaking of Kenya... i was watching Legally Blonde last night... They in the sakon reading a copy of Upscale magazine and Kenya Moore was the cover story.. for some reason it just tickled me so

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    They snatched her daddy because she prosecuted their family member?? That's some made-for-tv stuff right there. Very scary!

  • Arrissasso

    Well weren't they saying some years back that sharks were deemed infertile due to the meds/birth control/anti-depressants being flushed down toilet? That's why they have meds disposal at pharms now. This is nothing new, and I know people who drink only bottled/sodas/beer because they think it's all completely ? filtered, but nothing is ? and where ya think the h20 portion in drinks come from? That dirty ass water.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    What show are yall talking about?

  • Too Many Colors

    Yassss! Dude some kinda kingpin. Ordered her dad snatched from behind bars. They had to pull prison phone conversations, decipher letters and everything!

    Same shat happened once back in 90's too. That time with a judge.

    Above happened in last year or two

  • 88

    She gone learn today we don't f*ck around in TX.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Kingpin? Ahhh...that's gives a little more perspective. He has the funds to do that real organized and together. Glad in this case, the person was recovered alive. I have a friend who is a prosecutor, I pray she is never faced with such a threat.

  • 88

    Nothing is safe anymore our foods, fruits and vegetables are now genetically modified our drinking water is poisoned, law enforcement officers are shooting us down daily and now we have Killer Clinton and Killer Bush on the horizon we are f#cked!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    where that article be at?

  • Too Many Colors

    God keep her safe! Folks CRAZY

  • stav

    This sounds like a Scandal episode.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    It was a video... Msnbc did the story

  • Li

    She's up against the "police" mafia. I wish her well.

  • tynamight

    They think the gangstas are on the streets of Compton. Naw! They in the HIGH places that ppl don't wanna look.

  • Jean Paul Le’vonne

    Rick Perry was busy eating corn dogs that night!

  • Varnell Hill

    The Lone Star State has a history of Judicial Corruption. The person who did the shooting has probably already been "taken care of" ;|

  • james_from_cambridge

    Welcome to the deep South, where they've always settled scores with guns and terror. The difference is, now they're turning on other white folks too.

  • sunni_daze

    So do they think the govenor had something to do with the hit? This is terrible may she have a swift recovery.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    *sigh* if only she had maintained that beautiful and SILENT mystique... smh

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    oh. no. you. did. NOT! I swear, smh, yall some real haters.
    *emails Sandra for a receipt check on this uncharacteristically hateful Capricorn - misrepresenting My sign - TUH!*
    Lol!