Whoever was waiting in the dark outside George Taylor’s hacienda-style home in Rancho Cucamonga on the night of March 18 apparently hated the Los Angeles County jurist deeply enough to pull a shotgun trigger in cold blood.

Taylor, who had just returned home from a retirement dinner for a fellow judge, hadn’t even turned off the engine of his white Mercedes-Benz before three fatal blasts ripped through the driver-side window, hitting him in the head and chest. The car lurched forward with a crunching bang against the house.