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Prosecutor commits suicide after being sued by man who was falsely jailed for 20 years

By Mason White 2:39 PM September 29, 2014
James Mayer Jr. 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) People are shocked over the sudden death of a well-known prosecutor in Ohio.

Police were called to the home of the Richland County prosecutor after a gunshot was heard inside.

Police Commissioner Ed Olson said that James Mayer Jr., shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide in his home in Mansfield.

Mayer, who is a 65-year-old father of three grown children, won a number of high-profile cases during his tenure as prosecutor.

However, in one case, the conviction was overturned after a man spent 20 years in prison. The man was accused of allegedly killing his attorney.

Earlier this year, when the man was finally freed after 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the man sued Mayer and his employees, alleging that they used coercion and bribery to obtain his confession.

Mayer killed himself before the matter could be heard in court.

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