The private autopsy for the California lawyer who fell to his death from a resort balcony in Mexico has determined that he was murdered — as it emerged that local cops shook him down just hours before his mysterious death.
California public defender Elliot Blair — whose death had been ruled an accident — had suffered bruising that did not match the accounts of local authorities in Baja California, his family’s attorney Case Barnett told “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Thursday.
“The autopsy confirms that he, Elliot Blair, was murdered that night,” Barnett said, adding that the evidence suggests Blair may have been attacked by more than one man.
Meanwhile, a source close to the family told the Orange County Register that two cops in Rosarito stopped Blair and his wife, Kimberly Williams, for rolling through a stop sign just hours before he died at the Las Rocas Resort and Spa on Jan. 14.
Blair didn’t have the amount demanded during the alleged shakedown, but handed over $160 and was let go, the source told the paper.
“We’ve never been pulled over before,” said Williams, who confirmed the confrontation with the police to ABC News Thursday in her first interview since her husband’s death.
“We were both rattled, but at the same time we both had this feeling of thank God they didn’t do anything more to us,” she said.
Less than two hours later, Blair, 33, an Orange County deputy public defender, died after falling from the third floor of the hotel. His body was found clad in his underwear, a T-shirt and socks.
His family wants authorities to investigate the