POSTED: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 3:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 8:38pm
EL PASO- Suspicions are confirmed tonight. Former County Ethics Commission Chairman David Chavez is dead after committing suicide over the weekend.
"So I said, well I better get over there, maybe I could talk him out of it if that's what he was doing. Of course when I got there, it was too late and the police confirmed he had expired," Chavez's lawyer Stuart Leeds described, as he recapped his reaction to hearing word of police at Chavez's home on Sunday.
It all happened in a month. David Chavez, charged with sexual assault in August, took his life in September. Police found the former Ethics Chairman dead on his back porch Sunday.
He was the victim of one shot by his own hand. Stuart Leeds was his attorney. The two spoke last Thursday, where Leeds advised his client to wait for an indictment before they took the next step.
"Once all that happened, we would sit down and analyze the evidence and decide where to go from there. Thursday night he seemed fine."
Perhaps fine outwardly, but Sunday's event says otherwise. A pending divorce from his wife was one of many instances where people once close to Chavez shied away.
Leeds thinks that and a hostile public perception drove his client over the edge.
"I think you know sometimes in cases like this the public assumes someone is guilty just because they've been charged...you know, with an accusation like the one made against Mr. Chavez, people start turning away from him and turning their backs on him and assuming he's guilty and saying things and I guess it was just too much."
Police have not told us if their investigation will end with Chavez's death. The part he will play in it, however, is over.