Jul 16, 2013 10:02 AM by Janine Reyes
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.