AG questions suicide ruling of civil rights attorney
Posted at: 08/16/2013 6:31 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
In life, civil rights attorney Mary Han made waves. Now her death, which was originally ruled a suicide, is causing a huge controversy.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says it should be labeled “undetermined” because there are many problems with the investigation, including high-ranking police and city officials who gave inappropriate directions and too many city officials at Han’s house where she died where they interfered with the investigation. King says important items that could have been scientifically tested were also removed from the scene.
King also contends too few witnesses were interviewed, that the “suicide” ruling was made too quickly, and that not enough evidence was given to the Office of Medical Investigation to characterize the manner of death. It’s a cold case as of now, but King says his office thinks there is more to it.
“I have the feeling there’s somebody out there that knows something and hasn’t had a chance to report it yet,” King said. They want anyone who might have information to contact them.
The city attorney’s office responded with the following statement:
"The determination of Mary Han's cause of death as a suicide was investigated by the independent, professional and non-political State Office of the Medical Investigator, who was on scene and reached their conclusion based on scientific findings. Our understanding is that the FBI was asked to review this case and found no evidence to support additional investigation. The Attorney General's involvement and action in this case are highly suspicious."