Santa-clad Killer Lost Money and Dog in Divorce

Associated Press - December 26, 2008 12:53 PM ET

COVINA, Calif. (AP) - A man who showed up dressed as Santa Claus at his ex-wife's parents' Christmas Eve party and killed at least eight people reached a divorce settlement with her days earlier.

Court documents show that Bruce and Sylvia Pardo finalized their divorce Dec. 18 after about two years of marriage. She got $10,000, their dog and her wedding ring in the settlement. He kept the house.

Bruce Pardo's attorney, Stanley Silver, says his client was still trying to pay the $10,000 as recently as Tuesday.

He says his client also fell behind on spousal support payments after he lost his job in July.

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