Federal public defender dies in apparent suicide
12:53 pm, February 13th, 2013
Jake Waldrop, a federal public defender, was found yesterday afternoon dead in an apparent suicide, an Atlanta Police report said.
The police Wednesday released a report from an officer who responded to the scene on the 10th floor of the State Bar of Georgia’s parking garage, where Waldrop was said to park regularly. His office was across the street.
Waldrop had a gunshot wound in his chest, the report said. ”There were no signs of a struggle or foul play and the scene appeared to be consistent with that of a suicide,” it added.
Bar president Robin Frazer Clark confirmed Wednesday that Waldrop’s body was found in his car in the garage.
“The State Bar is obviously saddened at the loss of one of our members, especially one so young,” Clark said. ”We will be working on new ideas to make our members and their office mates and family and friends more aware of the risk of suicide and what we can each do to help prevent it.”