Edward LeClair died after drinking cloudy liquid in court. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a child. The 57-year-old was on trial for five counts of sexual abuse. He was free on bail until the August 11 verdict.
The WFAA says LeClair began drinking the liquid as Judge Lee Gabriel, who was replacing Judge Sherry Shipmanin on the 16th District Court in Denton, read his verdict. As soon as he was found guilty on the first of five counts of sexually assaulting a victim, which occurred in 2016, the convicted pedophile picked up the bottle and drank the liquid. Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck told CNN, “While the judges were reading the verdicts, he drank a bottle of water at the attorneys’ table.” He also said, referring to the cloudy looking liquid: “Our investigator saw him drinking the water quickly. He told the usher that he might want to go see how he was doing. It was the bailiff. In the detention cell, he was sleeping. Mike Howard, LeClair’s defense attorney, told the NY Post, “He started vomiting shortly after entering the holding cell and emergency services were called.”
LeClair was arrested in 2018 and received emergency medical treatment by Denton County Sheriff’s Deputies. His bail was set at $30,000. Joe said LeClair’s attorney said, “I saw him being taken out on a stretcher after EMS took him away. Gray was not a good color and tone, so he was taken to the hospital. I don’t know what else to say. “We’ve had people pass out, had heart attacks and a shooting, but nothing like this has ever happened in 27 years,” Beck said.
CNN said preliminary records from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office show the convict was pronounced dead at Medical City Denton Hospital at 3:21 p.m. on August 11. But an autopsy is underway right now and the cause of death is still not known.
NBC says LeClair, a former Navy mechanic and corporate recruiter, has been charged with five counts of sexually assaulting a 14- to 17-year-old. He said the charges were false. But Howard, the defense attorney, said: ‘If they find a defendant guilty of these charges, he could face a very severe sentence.