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Husband to trial for trying to toss his wife off San Mateo-Hayward Bridge
March 01, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Xavier McClinton

The Marin County businessman who fell into the Bay after crashing his car into a guard rail and trying to throw his wife off the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is bipolar and paranoid, according to a defense psychologist who testified at his two-day preliminary hearing.

However, Xavier Jarrell McClinton was held to answer on all charges including attempted murder for the Dec. 13 incident.

McClinton, a 47-year-old personal trainer and business owner, allegedly made the attempt on his wife’s life after weeks of paranoid and uncharacteristic behavior like believing people were trying to break into his house to harm him and the couple’s children.

On the day in question, the couple reportedly argued as they drove east onto the bridge and about 2:25 p.m. McClinton tried driving their vehicle off the side. He then allegedly pulled his wife from the vehicle and tried to go over the bridge side with her until passersby grabbed her legs and held her dangling as he fell. Rescue crews pulled him from the water and arrested him.

The accident snarled bridge traffic for hours.

McClinton’s wife of eight years was left with a severe gash on her cheek.

He is held without bail and barred from contacting his wife. He returns to court March 14 to enter a Superior Court plea and potentially set a jury trial date.



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