Pedophile dies after ‘swallowing’ mysterious cloudy liquid in Texas court as jury finds him guilty

Pedophile dies after ‘swallowing’ mysterious cloudy liquid in Texas court as jury finds him guilty of child molestation – he started drinking after first charge announced

  • Edward LeClair, 57, collapsed in a holding cell after drinking liquid from his water bottle
  • He began to ‘huff’ after the jury found him guilty on the first of five counts of child molestation
  • Officers found LeClair ‘grey’ in jail after judge ordered them to watch him
  • The Texas Rangers are currently investigating his death, with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reviewing the cause of his death.

A sex offender has died after ‘swallowing’ cloudy liquid from a water bottle in a Texas court after being convicted of child molestation.

Edward LeClair, 57, began drinking the liquid after the jury found him guilty on the first count and continued to guzzle while the other counts were read on August 11.

He was facing five counts of child sexual assault against a victim, which occurred in 2016 according to Denton County Jail.

LeClair was waiting to hear the verdict from the 16th District Court in Denton, Texas, alongside his attorney.

First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck of the Denton County District Attorney’s Office said initially the situation was normal.

But when LeClair learned he had been convicted of the first count, he grabbed his bottle and “swallowed” the cloudy liquid as he was found guilty of the other four counts.

Edward LeClair, 57, died after drinking ‘cloudy’ liquid from a bottle while convicted of five counts of child molestation

LeClair was waiting to hear the verdict in the 16th District Court in Denton, Texas, alongside his attorney when he began gorging himself with water.

LeClair was waiting to hear the verdict in the 16th District Court in Denton, Texas, alongside his attorney when he began gorging himself with water.

Beck told the WFAA: “The jury enters and takes its seats, the defendant and his attorney rise.”

“The jury hands the verdict to the judge, which she then begins to read. It was during this process that he had a bottle of water with him at the lawyers’ table, and he swallowed it.

“It wasn’t like he was just taking sips of water. He was literally rejecting him, so to speak.

Beck explained that while those in the courtroom felt his actions were odd, they thought it was just his way of handling the situation.

LeClair was taken back to a holding cell after the verdicts were read, before officers decided to put him under surveillance due to his strange behavior.

An autopsy is to be held to determine the cause of death, and investigators have taken his bottle into evidence

An autopsy is to be held to determine the cause of death, and investigators have taken his bottle into evidence

He was found unconscious, with witnesses saying he had “turned grey”, and was rushed to Medical City Denton where he was pronounced dead.

Beck added: “Our investigator noticed him drinking water. He told the bailiff he might want to go check it out. The bailiff did.

“He was unconscious in the holding cell. Shortly after entering the holding cell, he began to vomit and emergency services were called.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is set to conduct an autopsy to find LeClair’s cause of death.

Texas rangers are also investigating the incident and have taken the bottle into evidence.

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