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Jul 16, 2013 10:02 AM by Janine Reyes

Deputies to Investigate Judge Greenwell's Apparent Courthouse Suicide

CORPUS CHRISTI - The campaign manager for District Judge Tom Greenwell says the judge was in the middle of a two week vacation when he was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound last night.

A cleaning crew found Judge Greenwell in his 8th floor office at the Nueces County Courthouse.

Investigators removed several boxes of evidence from Greenwells office including a gun Monday evening. Authorities say they found it next to his body.

News of his death came as a complete shock to those close to him.

"Im still very shocked I haven't shed a tear yet he was almost a brother to me we were 14 years together worked together for many hours all day long campaigning," said campaign manager Al Hinojosa.

Greenwell was seeking re-election for his fourth term. Al Hinojsa was his campaign manager and close friend.

Governor Perry will have to select a judge to fill the vacant seat in the 319th District Court.

The trial of an Aransas Pass man accused of murdering a teenager was scheduled to get underway next week.

District Attorney Mark Skurka says for the time being, cases will be distributed amongst other district judges and/or visiting judges.

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