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Longtime San Diego Superior Court Judge Kerry Wells is enjoying retirement Friday after stepping down from the bench following more than 15 years of service, the court announced.

Appointed to the Superior Court in January 2003 by then Gov. Gray Davis, Judge Wells was recognized nationally for her prosecutorial expertise and lecturing in the area of domestic violence and stalking. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Wells worked for more than 20 years as a prosecutor; first in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and then with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Many San Diegans may remember her prosecutorial work in one of San Diego’s most high-profile cases: the 1991 prosecution of Elizabeth “Betty” Broderick, who was charged with murdering her ex-husband and his wife after stalking them for several years.

The case received national attention and was one of the first cases to be covered live, gavel-to-gavel. by Court TV.

During her time on the bench, Judge Wells handled a wide variety of criminal cases, from misdemeanor to capital homicide, and most recently was the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court’s Appellate Division.

“Whether working as a prosecutor or a judge, Kerry Wells brought to the job an unyielding commitment to justice,” said Presiding Judge Peter Deddeh. “She is a woman of strong convictions with a keen sense of fairness. Judge Wells will be missed by all of us at the San Diego Superior Court.”

Judge Wells said her seven grandchildren will keep her pretty busy during the next phase of her life. She also plans to focus on her health and get back to playing the piano and writing music.

–City News Service

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