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Murder or Wrongful Death – An Attorney’s Unexplained Demise Raises Questions

No one could explain the death of a New Mexico attorney, found in her garage. Officials, at first, deemed it a suicide.

Two years ago, a New Mexico civil rights lawyer was found dead in her garage. At the time, it looked like suicide. Now, the New Mexico attorney general’s office is asking questions about how the case was handled. It seems the attorney may have been considered to be a thorn in the side of the local police department, and family and friends have stated that they believe she did not have the mindset to commit suicide.

Most telling, though, was that her car, parked in the garage where she was found, was equipped with a gadget which would turn the car off, before toxic amounts of carbon monoxide could be released. The car wasn’t running and did not have an empty gas tank when she was discovered by her law partner. She was found sitting in her car, with the doors and windows open, her glasses on, her feet on the dashboard, wearing a robe, with a bottle of Ambien in the pocket. The door between the house and the garage was also open — hardly conducive conditions for a death by carbon monoxide poisoning.

The attorney’s family has filed a lawsuit against the city (naming over one dozen officers and investigators, the police chief and the public safety director), stating that the investigation from start to finish was botched and mishandled. Their main allegation is whether or not the police department chose to not look at other explanations for her death. There were more than two dozen police and city officials who arrived at the scene and may have walked through most of what have been used as evidence.

After she was discovered, her death was declared a suicide and her home was not cordoned off for processing. It was later revealed that two antique diamond rings the attorney wore daily were missing, items valued at $100,000. One officer at the scene, a friend of the deceased, has stated that he found it strange and unusual that her car door and windows were open. Most suicide-by-carbon-monoxide victims shut their doors and roll up their windows.

In short, many questions have not been answered to the satisfaction of family and friends. The family has said that their main concern was the woman had made many enemies over the years as a result of what was described as her fiery nature. She had also, during her career, defended police officers who had been accused or wrongdoing.

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