Los Angeles Times
Murder charge in TV star’s killing
Boyfriend is indicted; attorney says he was acting in self-defense against the woman.
The boyfriend of Los Angeles police officer-turnedreality TV attorney Loredana Nesci was charged with murder Friday, but his attorney said her death was a case of self-defense.
The arraignment for Robert Reagan, 51, was delayed until Aug. 12 at the request of attorney Shepard Kopp.
In an emailed statement to the Los Angeles Times, Kopp said Nesci tried to attack his client with a knife Wednesday and he defended himself.
“Loredana Nesci was a former LAPD officer, highly trained in the use of deadly weapons. She was also an avid body builder, and was exceptionally strong. She attacked Robert with a hunting knife in the midst of a domestic dispute,” Kopp wrote. “While defending himself against her assault with a deadly weapon, Robert tried to disarm her, and in the intense struggle that ensued she tragically suffered a fatal wound. Robert is not guilty of committing any criminal offense.”
Nesci, the 47-year-old star of SundanceTV’s “Loredana, Esq.,” was killed inside the home she shared with Reagan, Redondo Beach police Sgt. Fabian Saucedo said. Reagan is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
Nesci joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996 and worked as a patrol officer in the Southwest Division, according to a biography on her website. An LAPD spokeswoman declined to confirm whether Nesci was a former employee, citing privacy issues. Nesci left the department in 1998 and enrolled in law school in Connecticut, returning in 2004 to California and melding her legal career with pursuits in entertainment and media.