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California lawyer arrested in death of Queen Creek man

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:47 pm | Updated: 8:35 am, Fri May 18, 2012.

An Orange County divorce lawyer charged with second-degree murder in connection to the 2010 death of a Queen Creek man has been extradited to Arizona to face the charge.

Robert Fischer, 52, of Irvine, Calif. was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder on May 3 in connection to the death of Norman “Lee” Radder, who died from what authorities initially believed was a suicide inside his home on Dec. 30, 2010.

Fischer was released from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on Wednesday morning and made an initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court later that day, according to information from the Orange County Jail and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies initially suspected that Radder, 49, committed suicide inside his home in the 20300 block of Via De Colina after responding to an emergency call about 5 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2010, according to the sheriff’s office.

Someone in the home at the time of the shooting called 911, and reported that Radder had shot himself, Deputy Jeff Sprong, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s spokesman said at the time.

According to a news story published in the Orange County Register about the incident, Fischer made the 911 call and his gun was discovered next to Radder’s body.

However, the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office would not comment on the cause of Radder’s death, saying the office did not want to jeopardize the case.

In numerous comments posted on a story about Fischer’s arrest in the Orange County Register, a number of Radder’s friends expressed sadness for his death and are hoping for answers.

As of Thursday, there were 80 people on the Friends of Lee Radder Facebook page, including many who also were seeking answers and justice in his death.

For several years, from the late 1980s to about 2000, Radder, a native of Lancaster, N.Y., was the CEO of a computer company, Programming Technology, and also was a motorcross enthusiast, according to Radder’s friend, Adam St. James, who lives in the Chicago area. Radder lived in Orange County for several years where he published Moto-X, a magazine for dirt bike enthusiasts.

Radder, who had lived in Arizona for about five years, is survived by a wife and three children, according to his obituary published in August 2011, when his memorial service was held.

Fischer is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 23, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office.

He was booked into a Maricopa County jail on Wednesday.

A woman who answered the phone in Fischer’s law office in Garden Grove, Calif., on Thursday said they had “no comment.”

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