PHOENIX (AP) — Investigators who believe a defendant killed himself in a Phoenix courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty of arson say they have found two new pieces of evidence that back up their theory, including a canister labeled as cyanide.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Tuesday that the family of 53-year-old Michael Marin received a delayed email the night after his June 28 death in court.
He says the email includes information about his will in case things went poorly, and that investigators also found a can labeled "cyanide" in Marin's vehicle.
The canister was turned over to the medical examiner's office unopened.
Marin collapsed in court and died after being convicted of deliberately burning down his $3.5 million Phoenix mansion. Investigators believe Marin poisoned himself.