Flags Half Staff as Investigation Into Judge's Suicide Continues

Not just someone, but several people, know what led up to the suicide of 319th District Court Judge Tom Greenwell, and the Nueces County Sheriff's Department are asking those people to come forward.

"Every investigation encompasses the who, what, when, why, where, how," Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin said. "We know the how. We know the when. We know the where. We don't know why."

It was around 12:45 p.m. Monday when the 56-year old judge put a gun to his head and ended his life. Investigators said that they believe his last moments were spent on the phone with 36-year old Albert Fuentes, a longtime companion.

According to investigators, Fuentes is currently living in the late judge's home. 3News attempted to contact him, but there was no answer at the door.

Greenwell left a handwritten, 16-page last will and testament before ending his life.

Investigators are still combing through the judge's personal phone and financial records. Meanwhile, Sheriff Kaelin said that this matter needs to be resolved.

"We got to resolve that that wasn't some criminal element working in his life," Kaelin said. "If it was a private element, then that's okay, from our standpoint; but as long as it wasn't a criminal element that was doing this, you know, then we got to resolve it. It's not okay to ever blackmail somebody, that 'If you don't do this, I'm going to do that.' We need to know what this might be."

If you have information that could help investigators in this case, please call the Nueces County Sheriff's Office at 361-887-2219.

In the meantime, Governor Rick Perry authorized that flags at all Nueces County buildings be lowered to half-staff until after the judge's memorial service. That service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the First United Methodist Church.


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