The man who accused the gay Democratic Seattle mayor of sexually abusing him when he was underage was found dead in a hotel room.
A man who sued former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray over sexual abuse claims was found dead in a motel room early Friday.
Authorities discovered the body of Delvon R. Heckard, 47, who claimed Murray repeatedly paid him for sex when he was a teenager in the late 1980s, at the Auburn Motel in a Seattle suburb.
Auburn Assistant Police Chief Bill Pierson said police and fire medics were responding to an apparent drug overdose of a middle-aged black male, the Seattle Times reported. Medics failed to resuscitate the man, Pierson said.
Police found medication and drug paraphernalia the room.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Heckard’s death Friday. The cause and manner of the death is pending, the paper reported.
It looks like an overdose, but there’s always a chance he was killed because he caused the mayor to resign. After he made his accusations, four other men came out with similar claims.
In April, Heckard sued Murray, alleging that the then-mayor repeatedly paid him for sex in the late 1980s. Heckard was in recovery for addiction to cocaine and other drugs when he filed the lawsuit, but said it was his father’s death and his attempt at sobriety that prompted him to come forward.
Heckard dropped the lawsuit before refiling it after adding the city as a defendant, claiming it aided Murray to use his political power to defame Heckard and others. Heckard received $150,00 in a settlement with the city in December.
Weird how little press this story is getting isn’t it? Oh wait he’s a gay Democrat so…
You can read the original story when the mayor resigned here.