Pharma millionaire who killed autistic son found dead after SCOTUS denied bail

Gigi Jordan, 62, a multi-millionaire pharmaceutical executive convicted of murdering her 8-year-old autistic son, was found dead in her Brooklyn home on Friday morning in a suspected suicide, according to multiple reports.

The discovery of Jordan’s body came after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order Thursday forcing him back to jail. The cause of her death has not been officially determined, but a note was found in her home, the New York Daily News reported, citing a law enforcement source.

Jordan, originally from Belgium, was accused of administering a lethal dose of drug pills to her autistic son, Jude Mirra, in a luxury hotel suite in Manhattan in February 2010. She then ingested several pills before email her aunt, who alerted the police.

During her trial, Jordan’s lawyers claimed she attempted murder-suicide in extreme emotional turmoil because she believed one of her ex-husbands was planning to murder her. Jordan further believed that if she was murdered, her other ex-husband would take custody of Jude and abuse him. Both men have denied the charges, according to NBC New York.

The pharmaceutical millionaire was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2014, although a jury acquitted her of her murder charge.

Jordan’s conviction was overturned in 2020 when a federal judge in Manhattan determined his right to a fair trial was violated due to a procedural error when the trial judge closed the courtroom to the public for 15 minutes. She was released on state bail as she continued the process of a new trial.

Sotomayor cancels order and revokes bond for Gigi Jordan, the mother who killed her autistic son

However, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned his bail, saying the closed-door proceedings were inconsequential and did not violate his right to a fair trial.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor (UPI)

Jordan filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court, where Justice Sotomayor, who oversees the second court, issued an order on December 20 granting the 62-year-old bail on an emergency basis, according to Law & Crime.

However, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Dec. 27 asking the Supreme Court to reverse its decision to grant him bail.

Two days later, Sotomayor reversed his earlier decision and revoked Jordan’s bail, meaning the 62-year-old should be sent back to jail. She was later found dead a few hours later.

A medical examiner will later determine the cause of his death.

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