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Gardner Commits Suicide Following Charges In Scurlock Case

Sep 21, 2020

An attorney for a white business owner who was charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during civil unrest in Nebraska says the man has died by suicide. Police say Jacob Gardner's body was found Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon. Attorney Stu Dornan said it was a suicide. Gardner was charged Tuesday in the death of James Scurlock. Police say 38-year-old Gardner shot Scurlock during a protest outside Gardner’s bar in downtown Omaha on May 30. Gardner had said the shooting was done in self-defense. Dornan says Gardner was scheduled to return to Omaha on Sunday to face the charges against him.

UPDATE, 9/22: The special prosecutor in the case involving the shooting death of James Scurlock is expected to make a special statement.  Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin will deliver his remarks today at noon in the Legislative Chambers of the Omaha/Douglas Civic Center.