An American public defender who died this month whereas celebrating his first marriage ceremony anniversary in Mexico “was the sufferer of a brutal crime,” his household mentioned, noting a coroner’s liaison informed them the case was despatched to an area prosecutor “to conduct a doable murder investigation.”
Elliot Blair, 33, a deputy public defender in Orange County, California, died from “extreme head trauma,” the liaison mentioned, citing an post-mortem, in accordance with a household assertion supplied by their lawyer, David Scarsone.
Blair was discovered useless Saturday on the Las Rocas Resort in Rosarito Seaside – a 45-mile drive south of San Diego – the place he and his spouse Kim have been staying.
The Baja California Legal professional Basic’s Workplace mentioned the loss of life seemed to be the “results of an unlucky accident from a fall by the now deceased from a third-story ground,” in accordance with its assertion to the Orange County Register.
The company didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark. Rosarito Seaside police didn’t instantly return CNN’s calls.
Blair’s household has not had contact with Mexican regulation enforcement about his loss of life, they mentioned.
“The household, which has in depth authorized coaching in legal regulation, wholeheartedly believes primarily based on their preliminary investigation, that Elliot was the sufferer of a brutal crime,” its assertion reads.
Whereas Blair’s relations don’t provide any particular proof of against the law, they dispute his loss of life occurred off the couple’s resort room balcony and say it occurred exterior the room’s entrance door in an open-air walkway, in accordance with the assertion.
“Elliot was not intoxicated on the time of this incident,” the household mentioned, including they informed the coroner’s liaison they’ll rent a personal agency to conduct an unbiased investigation, together with toxicology. The liaison had informed them a toxicology report had not been accomplished, they mentioned.
The household opposes cremation of Blair’s physique, they mentioned, noting that in conversations with a funeral dwelling they’ve been informed a number of occasions that authorities have really helpful that course of.
A fundraiser in honor of Blair’s reminiscence has been organized by a colleague to assist Blair’s spouse with the “cumbersome course of concerned in transporting Elliot’s physique from Mexico to the USA and coping with all of the crimson tape,” reads the donation web page arrange by Annie Rodriguez, to whom CNN has reached out.
“We want we may present everybody with extra data, however very restricted data has been disclosed by authorities in Mexico,” it reads.
Elliot and Kim had been within the public defender’s workplace in Orange County since 2017, the web page states.
“Elliot was identified for a smile on his face and a intelligent thoughts,” the positioning reads. “There will not be sufficient phrases to precise the extent of affection he had for Kim. Kim was his life. They simply began constructing a life collectively of their first 12 months of marriage.”
Orange County Public Defender Martin Schwarz referred CNN to Scarsone.