Jake Gardner, the man accused of manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old James Scurlock, has died by suicide.Advertisement
Gardner’s attorney confirmed the news to KETV NewsWatch 7 on Sunday. His defense team said Gardner’s body was found around Portland, Oregon, and that he did not leave a note.
Police in Oregon released the following information: “At about 12:20 p.m., Hillsboro Police Department officers responded to the 300 block of Southeast Ninth Avenue after a body was found outside a medical clinic. They discovered 38-year-old Jacob Gardner of Omaha, Nebraska, dead.”
Gardner’s attorney, Stu Dornan, said Gardner was scheduled to return to Omaha Sunday evening.
“The family of Jake Gardner has asked Tom Monaghan and myself to share the news of his death today, at his own hand,” he said.
Dornan said Gardner was a decorated veteran of multiple tours in Iraq, saying he suffered two traumatic brain injuries. Gardner said he felt like he was in a war zone the night of Scurlock’s death, Dornan said.
“I want to make it very clear that this was a clear case of self-defense,” Dornan said, describing Gardner as cooperative with police.