Memorial Held For Mesa County Public Defender

By: Allison Banzhof
By: Allison Banzhof

Mesa County Public Defenders gathered Friday evening to remember one of their own who died earlier this week.

Twenty-seven year old Nicole Richardson, a Mesa County Deputy Public Defender, died Monday Evening. According to the Mesa County Coroner Dr. Rob Kutzman, Richardson died from a self–inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police say the shooting was accidental, however because alcohol was a contributing factor the coroner is evaluating the death as a suicide. There was one witness, but foul play is not suspected in the incident. The Grand Junction Police Department is still investigating the incident.

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