Former Attorney Facing Theft Charges Reported Dead

By: AP
By: AP

Former Denver City Attorney Lawrence Manzanares, who was facing charges of theft of a city computer, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Detective Virginia Quinones said the body of the 50-year-old Manzanares had been found Friday afternoon under a bridge in the Highline Canal area.

He was the victim of an apparent suicide, she said.

Manzanares, a former judge, resigned from the City Attorney's post in February after a stolen laptop was allegedly found in his possession.

He had said he bought the computer from a man in a parking lot and did not know it was stolen.

In addition to theft and embezzlement charges, the Harvard graduate had faced charges of tampering with evidence, official misconduct and computer crime.

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