Millionaire New York pharmaceutical executive found guilty of murdering autistic son found dead after Supreme Court revoked bail
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Gigi Jordan, the multimillionaire pharmaceutical executive convicted of murdering her 8-year-old autistic son in an upscale New York hotel room, was found dead in her home on Friday morning, according to reports.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had issued an order hours earlier revoking Jordan’s bail.
The 62-year-old was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 in connection with the death of her son, Jude Mirra.
The Belgian socialite reportedly admitted to using a syringe to plunge a deadly cocktail of painkillers, tranquilizers and sleeping pills mixed with alcohol and orange juice down the boy’s throat inside their 2,300 suite. $ per night at the luxurious Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan in February 2010.
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Part of her defense was that she intended to commit murder-suicide, as Jordan also ingested several drugs herself and emailed a relative, who reportedly alerted authorities. But prosecutors argued that when her autistic son was dying, she used his laptop to withdraw $125,000 from his trust fund, the NY Daily News reported.
Jordan was sentenced to 18 years in prison for manslaughter, but a federal judge in Manhattan in 2020 granted bail amid her ongoing appeals for a new trial.
His appeals focused on 15 minutes, during which the courtroom was briefly closed to the public during his trial.
The lower courts held that Jordan’s Sixth Amendment right to a public trial was not infringed.
“At one point during the two-month trial, the trial court closed the courtroom to the public for approximately fifteen minutes to hear arguments regarding a petitioner’s website and email that accused the court to undermine the fairness of the trial,” the Manhattan District Attorney said. Alvin Bragg’s office wrote to the Supreme Court last month. “The only impact of the closed proceedings was that once the courtroom reopened, the court repeated an earlier instruction to the jury not to consume media coverage of the trial; later the same day, the court unsealed the record of the closed-door proceedings and two exhibits that had been marked during it.”
Citing unnamed officials, WNBC reported that Jordan was found dead in a bathtub just five minutes after midnight Friday morning at a Brooklyn residence she rented with a nearby note. Not immediately ruled a suicide, a medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.
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Jordan’s attorney, Norman Siegel, also confirmed his death to the media. The attorney said he last spoke to Jordan by phone around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and she “seemed to be in good spirits.”
“It’s incredibly sad. Gigi Jordan had a lot to offer society,” Siegel told the Daily News. “Ultimately, she didn’t have the opportunity to contribute to society.”