Husband of Georgia Assistant Attorney General found dead | WSB-TV
Jun 7, 2016
The husband of Georgia assistant attorney general was shot to death early Wednesday morning.
Shahriar Zolfaghari, 36, was found inside his car at the intersection of Rankin Street and Boulevard NE around 1 a.m.
Zolfaghari was sitting at the stoplight, but when the light turned green and his car didn’t move. The driver behind him got out to check on him, saw blood and realized Zolfaghari had been shot.
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May 14, 2016
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DALLAS — Multiple sources tell News 8 that the death of Dallas lawyer Ira Tobolowsky is now being investigated as a homicide, and the house fire that killed him was no accident.
Sources say Tobolowsky had been doused with some sort of fuel and set on fire. His body was found Friday morning inside his burning garage on Kenshire Lane, in North Dallas near White Rock Creek.
News 8 has learned the case has been handed over to Dallas Fire-Rescue’s arson investigators. They are now looking into the possibility that someone from one of the attorney’s past cases may have had an ax to grind.
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Body found near store was that of Casa Grande attorney
By KEVIN REAGAN, Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, March 7, 2016 1:45 pm
CASA GRANDE — A deceased man discovered behind Safeway last Thursday has been identified as a local attorney.
The Casa Grande Police Department originally identified the man as Paul Saucedo, though it has been confirmed the man’s last name was actually Sauceda.
Paul Rodrigo Sauceda, 36, lived in Casa Grande and previously worked as a criminal defense attorney. According to the State Bar of Arizona, Sauceda was suspended from practicing law in November 2015.
Rufino Sauceda, his father, said the family is waiting for an autopsy to be conducted on Paul’s body to determine his cause of death. Rufino said his son was not married and leaves behind two sons, aged 7 and 6.
Sauceda was a graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and was admitted to the
Body found on Bodega Bay beach is missing Santa Rosa attorney Steve Mitchell, sheriff says
by MARTIN ESPINOZA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | March 1, 2016
The body of a man washed ashore and found Monday at a Sonoma County beach near Bodega Bay was identified as missing Santa Rosa attorney Steve Mitchell, officials said late Tuesday.
Mitchell, 56, who first was reported missing Feb. 13, is believed to have taken his own life after officials said they had discovered a suicide note and found Mitchell’s parked car above Furlong Gulch Beach, north of Bodega Bay.
His clothing and personal items including his cellphone were found at the beach.
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February 2, 2016
N.J. lawyer accused in sex for legal services sting found dead
By Dave Hutchinson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
updated February 08, 2016 at 9:25 AM
RARITAN — A borough attorney accused of offering to represent female clients at a reduced rate in exchange for sexual favors was found dead in his vehicle Tuesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed.
Richard P. Schubach, 58, of Stockton was arrested and charged Monday with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact after he allegedly propositioned a female undercover detective in a sting operation, according to a news release issued Monday.
At approximately 6:51 a.m. Tuesday, Raritan Borough police responded to a welfare check on Schubach, who was thought to have been at his law office at 1124 Route 202, the prosecutor’s office stated.
Officers reported finding Schubach at 7:35 a.m. in his vehicle, which was parked outside an office complex adjacent to his law office. He was unresponsive with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, authorities stated.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene, where Schubach was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m. by Emergency Medical Technicians from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, the prosecutor’s office stated.
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Dec 7, 2015, 04:35 pm CST
Lawyer Found Dead As His Murder Trial Loomed Had Accidental Overdose, Coroner Says
A 60-year-old attorney found dead at his California home in early October, less than two months before his scheduled murder trial in the fatal shooting of his wife, died accidentally.
The Kern County coroner’s office ruled Monday that Mark Joseph Madrigali’s death was the result of drug intoxication and found he did not intend to cause his own death, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
His body was discovered by his defense lawyer, who went with another attorney to check on Madrigali after not hearing from him for a couple of days.
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Oct 16, 2015
Rock Hill lawyer, charged with stealing from clients, found dead of apparent suicide
Rock Hill attorney Horace Jones Jr. has appeared in many South Carolina courthouses over the past two decades, representing clients primarily on money matters.
On Monday morning, Jones, 45, was scheduled to be in a Jasper County courtroom – not as an attorney, but as a defendant facing a felony charge that he stole $600,000 from the descendants of slaves who had owned property near Hardeeville since just after emancipation after the Civil War.
If convicted on the breach of trust charge, Jones could have spent up to 10 years in prison.
Eight hours later and 200 miles away, York County sheriff’s deputies found a man’s body in a wooded area on Falls Road outside Rock Hill. Police and the coroner said the man suffered what appeared to be a gunshot wound, and they are investigating the death as a suicide.
Attorney charged with murdering his wife found dead at his home
By CRIS ORNELAS | email@example.com
A Bakersfield attorney, charged with his wife’s death two years ago, was found dead in his northeast Bakersfield home Tuesday morning.
Mark Madrigali was charged with first degree murder in the shooting of his wife, Trivia, at their home in June of 2013. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Madrigali’s attorney H.A. Sala confirmed the death.
Sala said Madrigali was found dead inside his home in the 300 block of Acacia Street.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and the coroner were called to the home at 10:36 a.m. Tuesday.
Madrigali was a local defense attorney specializing in DUIs.
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Oct 2, 2015
A woman found dead, Tricia Odierna in her Lake Grove home Thursday was a real estate attorney, records show.
Suffolk County police were investigating the death of the woman who neighbors identified as Tricia Odierna, though police had neither officially released her name nor provided further details Friday.
As police stood guard outside the Win Place home Friday afternoon, neighbor Rich Aichinger, 46, said he and his wife had known Odierna for three years.
“She was a nice person, a great person, a great friend and a good mom, ” Aichinger said.
Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the homicide squad, told reporters Thursday evening that the body of the woman was discovered early that afternoon by someone who lives at the home. Beyrer said two adults and five children lived there.
Great Falls attorney found dead in Lewistown hotel room
Updated: Oct 06, 2015 2:26 PM PDT
By Aja Goare – MTN NewsCONNECT
LEWISTOWN -The death of a Great Falls attorney whose body was discovered in a Lewistown hotel is being investigated by authorities.
Jeffry M. Foster, 33, was a Dillon-native practicing law at the Davis, Hatley, Haffeman & Tighe, P.C. firm in Great Falls.
Law enforcement responded late Wednesday to a report of an unresponsive person at the Yogo Inn and found Foster dead.
Authorities from the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation were called to the scene to investigate.
At this time, no suspects or people of interest have been sought and authorities do not believe the death is suspicious.
The cause of death has not been released.
Foster, who graduated from University of Montana, practiced in the areas of insurance defense, criminal defense, health law, and business litigation, according to the law firm website.
May 27, 2015
D.C. lawyer’s killer pleads guilty to second-degree murder
By Keith L. Alexander May 28, 2015
A D.C. woman admitted in court Thursday that she fatally stabbed and robbed a lawyer in an upscale hotel after answering an online ad he had posted seeking sex with a man.
Jamyra Gallmon, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Feb. 9 killing of David Messerschmitt, who worked at the international law firm DLA Piper. He was found dead in a room at the Donovan Hotel at Thomas Circle, stabbed repeatedly in the abdomen, groin and heart, police said.
During the hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana Fulton said Gallmon, plotting a robbery, tricked Messerschmitt into thinking she was a man, even e-mailing him a photo of a man’s torso. Gallmon brought zip ties that could be used to bind Messerschmitt and a small knife, prosecutors said.
Police have said Messerschmitt was in the hotel room when Gallmon arrived and had texted his wife that he would return to their Capitol Hill home in about an hour.
Gallmon’s roommate and alleged girlfriend, Dominique Johnson, 19, also of the District, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in events on the day of the murder, officials said.
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February 12, 2015
Mysterious Murder: DC Lawyer Found Dead H Banking ad Ties To Greece And International World
By Live Free Or Die – All News Pipeline
A Washington DC area lawyer who was found stabbed to death in a glitzy DC area hotel room had ties to the country of Greece and the international banking world and in this particular mystery, authorities say they have a suspect as shared in the newly released video below.
While not every mysterious murder is part of a ‘conspiracy’, a look into Messerschmitt’s past gives us reason to believe this latest murdered lawyer may have known something that others didn’t want him (and the rest of us) to know with Greece possibly soon leaving the Euro and the financial world falling to shambles.
Back in 2012, Messerschmitt got married and traveled to Greece on his honeymoon as shared on this wedding guest registry; the Washington Post points out this connection of Messerschmitt to Greece as well. While it is not known at this time if the lawyer did business in Greece, a look at his deleted but cached DLA Piper profile page and LinkedIn page show us he was deeply involved with ‘multinational Fortune 500 companies’, financial services, investment banking, technology, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, energy and much more.
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June 26, 2014
KENTUCKY- lawyer fatally shot outside office, gunman arrested: cops – NY Daily News
A prominent Kentucky defense attorney was shot and killed outside his office Friday —after an angry gunman confronted the lawyer for not helping with a problem, officials said.
Mark Stanziano had just reached his office near the Somerset courthouse when the alleged gunman, Clinton Inabnitt, approached him about 9:15 a.m., Police Capt. Shannon Smith told the Advocate Messenger.
Inabnitt, 40 — who was apparently angry at the lawyer for not helping with a problem and blamed him for laughing about the issue — suddenly opened fire, striking Stanziano several times in front of horrified bystanders, Smith said.
May 22, 2013
Slain Southlake Cartel Lawyer Knew ‘He Had Been Found’
SouthLake-The Mexican drug cartel lawyer fatally shot at an upscale Southlake shopping center in 2013 was in fear “because he had been found by people who wanted to kill him,” according to new court documents filed Monday.
Prosecutors also alleged that conspirators tried early in their search to get the U.S. government to deport Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa, reportedly the lawyer for the onetime leader of the Gulf cartel.
Guerrero was shot multiple times with a 9 mm handgun May 22, 2013, as he and his wife returned to their Range Rover after shopping at Southlake Town Square.
Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, 59, and his son, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Campano, 32, and Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes are scheduled to go on trial in the killing April 25 in Fort Worth. They have been jailed since their arrests in September 2014.
March 26, 2012
ATTORNEY IN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS PROBE FOUND DEAD
By Jeff GermanLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
A second prominent attorney targeted in a federal investigation of fraud and corruption at homeowners associations has turned up dead in less than a week, creating unease among cooperating witnesses.
Las Vegas attorney David Amesbury was found dead by apparent hanging Sunday night, five days after attorney Nancy Quon was found dead in the bathtub of her Henderson home.
Authorities do not suspect foul play in either case and are initially treating the deaths as suicides.
But one defense attorney said the deaths are generating a growing sense of anxiety among those named in the federal investigation, which alleges a massive scheme to take over homeowners association boards and then steer legal and construction contracts to specific firms.
“Some of the witnesses are extremely concerned about their well-being and safety,” said the defense lawyer, who was involved in plea negotiations with the government. “People are dying here.”
Amesbury, 57, who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, was found dead Sunday night in Grass Valley, Calif. Sources said his brother, Thomas Amesbury, found the body hanging in a shed.
The Nevada County coroner’s office in Northern California won’t issue a formal ruling on Amesbury’s cause of death for about two months, Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Schmidt said.
“There is no evidence of foul play or any suspicious circumstances; however, (the death is) still under investigation,” Schmidt said.
Quon, 51, a major player in the scheme whom prosecutors were looking to indict, was found dead in the bathtub of her southeast valley condominium at The District on March 20.
The official causes of both deaths won’t be known until toxicology reports are complete. Henderson police said foul play is not suspected in Quon’s death.
‘TOO MUCH OF A COINCIDENCE’
Two other people who attracted the interest of authorities in the sweeping federal investigation also have died under unusual circumstances.
Former Las Vegas police officer Christopher Van Cleef shot himself to death a few days after a September 2008 FBI raid in the investigation. A former Vistana homeowners association board member, identified as Robbi Castro, died in 2010 of a drug overdose.
“All of these deaths are just too much of a coincidence,” said Wanda Murray, a former Vistana board member who helped expose corruption at the association. “None of them make sense to any of us.”
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January 29, 2012
Matthew Geary, former deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the city and GOP candidate for Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney, was found dead this afternoon.
Richmond Virginia – Henrico County
Henrico Police found Geary at a house in the 2200 block of Lauderdale Drive in Short Pump around 1 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. Police are investigating his death as an apparent suicide, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Geary, who lost his bid for commonwealth’s attorney in November, found himself on the outs with the county’s Republican leadership after acknowledging an extramarital affair. Despite an attempt by Republican leaders to oust Geary as the GOP candidate, he refused to drop out.
Earlier this afternoon, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor, who defeated Geary and indendepent candidate Bill Janis just four months ago, issued a statement:
Prominent Los Angeles Attorney Fatally Shot at His Home | Fox News
Jeffrey Tidus was shot Monday around 8:30 p.m. as he was fetching a laptop from his car. His wife heard a single gunshot ring out and rushed outside to find him lying in the driveway behind his blue Toyota Prius, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Dolson said.
Prominent Attorney Doug Ring Found Dead | NBC Southern California
Nov 12, 2009
Douglas Ring, 61, is both a private investor and an attorney. Ring was married to former L.A. City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.
Investor and attorney Douglas R. Ring was found dead Thursday in a home in Brentwood, authorities said.
A 911 call was made from the home in the 300 block of Fordyce Road at 12:10 p.m., and Los Angeles police officers and firefighters responded to the location, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera said.
Attorney Barry Levin Found Dead In Cemetery
By LOUINN LOTA
July 8, 2001
High-profile criminal attorney Barry Levin, who helped handle Erik Menendez’s murder defense and more recently represented actor Robert Blake, was found dead Saturday of a single gunshot wound to the head at a veterans cemetery, officials said.
Levin, 54, appeared to have committed suicide, said FBI spokesman Matthew McLaughlin. Levin suffered from Gaucher’s disease, said Ron Dorfman, a fellow attorney who spoke at a news conference Saturday evening at the cemetery.
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