It took Nueces County Sheriff's investigators a little less than a month to reach the conclusion that there was no criminal element involved in the death of District Judge Tom Greenwell.
Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin announced that to his followers on Facebook first on Monday night, and on Tuesday, he spoke on camera about the outcome of their investigation.
Kaelin called it one of the most difficult investigations his department has had to conduct, and said that Greenwell's death a suicide and nothing more.
"There was no criminal wrongdoing either on Judge Greenwell's part nor was he being coerced by any outside sources," Kaelin said. "Everything that Tom Greenwell did, Tom did of his own free will."
Kaelin first revealed the investigation's findings when he posted a statement to his Facebook page Monday night. He said, "Judge Greenwell alone took his own life, and that there was no outside criminal activities whatsoever which led to his death."
He added that "the judge was an honorable man who served his community well."
On Tuesday, Kaelin said it was not only a thorough investigation, but a very difficult one.
"I might also add that, you know, it's been very difficult to investigate not only a man that you considered your friend, and that you had spent time in a social environment with him; and trying to be sensitive to his needs and trying to be sensitive to the needs of the community also, who deserve to know," Kaelin said.
Custodians discovered the Greenwell's body in his chambers at the Nueces County Courthouse on July 15. Nearby, investigators found a handwritten note -- Greenwell's last will and testament. In it, he wrote that he would be leaving all of his worldly possessions, real and personal, to Albert J. Fuentes, a young man that the judge reportedly considered a son.
On Tuesday, a motion was filed in county court to begin the probate process in which the judge's will will be carried out.
As far as Greenwell's health at the time of his death, the sheriff said the medical examiner found no signs that the judge had any medical problems that might have led him to do what he did.
Greenwell was 57 years old.
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