One of the men who accused former Seattle Democrat Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing children has been found dead in a Washington motel room.
Delvonn Heckard accused Murray of raping him when he was just a young boy. According to police, he was found dead in his motel room on Friday, aged just 47. The cause of death is yet to be determined, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Breitbart.com reports: Auburn Assistant Police Chief Bill Pierson said paramedics were called to the motel on February 16 for an apparent drug overdose.
Pierson added that medics were unable to revive the man and that police found “some type of medication in the room, as well as some illicit drug paraphernalia.”
Heckard led a troubled life and had been in recovery for addiction to cocaine.
He soared into the news after suing Seattle’s mayor in April 2017. Heckard accused the mayor of abusing him sexually and paying him for sex in the 1980s.
Murray faced several other accusers, and, eventually, the social justice champion resignedfrom his office over the growing scandals.
Last year, Heckard insisted that his fight with his addictions as well as his father’s death made him go public with his accusations against Mayor Murray and file a lawsuit against the city.
Heckard filed, then soon dropped his lawsuit. He then refiled, adding the city of Seattle and claiming the city allowed the mayor to slander him and others during the many months Murray used his office to deny the allegations.
The city settled in late December, promising Heckard a payout of $150,000, two-thirds of which Heckard had recently received.
A North Carolina mother is serving jail time for having her daughter baptized.
Kendra Stocks was ordered to spend a week behind bars after a judge found her in contempt of court for the 2016 baptism at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, WSOCreported.
The same year, Stocks had been engaged in a custody battle with the girl’s father, Paul Schaff. The court eventually issued a ruling that gave Schaff the final say in all legal custody decisions, including those regarding religion.
Despite a stern warning from the judge, the 36-year-old mother hosted their daugter’s christening the following day. Schaff, a practicing Catholic who attends Mass on a weekly basis, found out the following day through Facebook.
Schaff’s attorney said Stocks “acted selfishly by depriving the father of the ability to be present at an event that was extraordinarily important to him,” according to court documents.