New details of Blagojevich aide's suicide released

November 1, 2010 6:11:31 PM PDT
Evidence seized by Country Club Hills Police following the September 2009 suicide of political fundraiser Chris Kelly included "Federal Courts Documents," according to a Cook County Medical Examiner Report released late Monday. It's unclear what those documents contained. Kelly, a political fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich, was thought of as a potentially key witness in the ex-governor's corruption trial.

Kelly, who was 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for his part in an illegal scheme that earned him $8.5 million in contracts at O'Hare International Airport. Kelly committed suicide before he was scheduled to start his sentence of eight years in prison.

Initially, police and those that found Kelly slumped in the driver's seat of his SUV suspected that he'd swallowed rat poison as part of the suicide attempt. According to toxicology results included with the report, Kelly did not have any rat poison in his system at the time of his death. Instead, pathologists found the painkillers acetaminophen and salicylate.


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