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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Ind. Courts - More on "Lawrence County Judge Found Dead In Home"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Diana Wires reports today in the Bedford Time-Mail:

BEDFORD — The manner of Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Richard D. McIntyre’s death is “most consistent with self-induced,” according to the county coroner.

McIntyre, 51, Bedford, who has been Lawrence Circuit Court judge since 1988, was found unresponsive by his wife, Meredith, in the front seat of a 2007 GMC Yukon parked inside a detached garage at his home Tuesday evening.

“Judge Richard McIntyre’s cause of death is carbon monoxide poisoning,” Lawrence County Coroner John Sherrill stated in a formal statement issued this morning. “The manner of death is most consistent with self-induced.”

Sherrill declined to say how he reached that conclusion.

“Judge McIntyre’s death is a shock felt throughout the Indiana judiciary,” Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said in an e-mail message sent to the Times-Mail Wednesday afternoon. “His integrity and energy made all the rest of us feel good about working in the courts. He lived in a way that offered an example to us all. Judges all around our state will keep Meredith and the McIntyre children in our prayers.”

What’s next. The Indiana Supreme Court will appoint a judge pro-tem to handle any pressing court matters in McIntyre’s court, said Supreme Court staff member Dave Remondini.

He expects that decision to be made soon, likely within the next week.

Lawrence Circuit Court is closed until Monday.

The judge pro-tem will hold the office until Gov. Mitch Daniels appoints someone to permanently fill the vacancy.

“It sort of varies (on how the pro-tem appointment is made),” Remondini said. “It depends on the size of the county and who is available and for how long the appointment might last. So if it’s, let’s say, only going to be a couple of days, in theory the court might appoint a judge from another court.”

Remondini said he was saddened to learn of McIntyre’s death. As a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, Remondini covered one of McIntyre’s campaigns for Congress. He specifically remembered a trip with McIntyre on a plane from Bedford to Evansville.

“Judge McIntyre has been a judge for a number of years, and was very well thought of,” Remondini said. “It was really shocking for us to get the news today, and we were just very saddened to learn about his passing. We’re just very concerned about his family.”

McIntyre was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Judges Association, Indiana National Guard, American Legion Gillen Post No. 33, F.O.P. and St. John’s Episcopal Church. He also was a State Judge Advocate and a former state representative.

He was appointed judge on Nov. 19, 1988, to complete the term of Linda Chezem, who resigned. He was elected to the bench in 1990 and re-elected in 1996 and 2002, each time running without opposition.

McIntyre is survived by his wife, Meredith McIntyre, of Bedford; two sons, Richard D. McIntyre Jr. of Vine Grove, Ky. and Robert David McIntyre of Richmond, Va.; one daughter, Emily Turner of Indianapolis; and one sister, Emily Hawkins of Bedford.

Arrangements. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the Lawrence County Courthouse Rotunda and from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Schafer Auditorium.

Here is the obituary.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 1, 2007 12:42 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts