The Nebraska bar owner who fatally shot a George Floyd protester in May was discovered useless of an obvious suicide on Sunday — lower than every week after he was indicted on manslaughter prices, police stated.
The physique of Jake Gardner, 38, of Omaha, was found round 12:20 p.m. outdoors a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, some 20 miles west of Portland, cops stated. Gardner left Nebraska for the West Coast shortly after the taking pictures amid demise threats, his lawyer stated.
A grand jury in Douglas County introduced prices towards Gardner final week within the May 30 taking pictures of 22-year-old James Scurlock throughout an evening of chaotic protests in Omaha.
Gardner’s legal professional, Stu Dornan, informed native outlet KETV his shopper was set to return to Omaha, apparently to show himself in on Sunday night.
Gardner, a Marine veteran, claimed he shot Scurlock in self protection — and a neighborhood prosecutor initially stated the proof supported that situation and declined to prosecute.
But Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin stated Tuesday that the grand jury had reviewed extra info, together with from Gardner’s cellphone and his Facebook Messenger account, together with video, that “was in step with there being an intentional killing.”
A decide on Friday had signed paperwork to challenge an arrest warrant for Gardner, in line with the Omaha World-Herald. He confronted as much as 95 years in jail if convicted.
His legal professional maintained that Gardner, who served two excursions in Iraq and suffered traumatic mind accidents, was ailing from PTSD on the time of the taking pictures and acted in self-defense.
Gardner “was actually shook up,” by the indictment however was desiring to return to Omaha to face the costs, Dornan informed KETV.
Hillsboro Police didn’t instantly present a trigger of demise, however indicated it had been suicide. Local shops, citing regulation enforcement sources, stated Gardner shot himself and didn’t depart a observe.
“I’m offended he didn’t have the chance for a good trial, for a good listening to,” his lawyer stated.