Prominent local physician takes life
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The shock of the June 10 federal raids turned to horror on June 11 when Dr. James Redd, one of the defendants, was found dead near a pond on his property, the victim of an apparent suicide.



Redd had left a note at his home early in the morning stating that he was headed to the pond. A search was initiated several hours later when he did not return. After a six hour search, Redd was found dead in a vehicle near the pond.



The San Juan County Sheriffs Department said that the scene showed clear signs that Dr. Redd intended to commit suicide and added that no criminal investigation would be conducted. Toxicology reports are anticipated to show that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.



While law enforcement said that no crime was involved, a large number of area residents fear that the intimidation tactics used during the arrest and arraignment of the Redds may have contributed to the suicide. The San Juan County Commission called for a Congressional investigation into the arrest, claiming that the unnecessary use of force may have led to the tragedy.



The Commissioners found a willing audience in Senators Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett. While stating that the raids appeared to be an excessive use of force, the Senators added that as members of the minority party in the Senate, they would face an uphill battle getting an investigation launched.



According to a family spokesman, Dr. Redd and his wife were subject to verbal abuse, threats and taunts before being handcuffed and put into leg irons. They were then put into separate metal cages for transportation to Moab.



The Redd home was searched for more than ten hours while agents logged and documented everything in the house. Their computers were seized. After the arraingment, the Redds returned to their home more than 13 hours after the raids began.



The community is devastated after losing a longtime anchor of the health care community. One co-worker said, “For all these years, people who were suffering were comforted when Dr. Redd arrived at the scene. It is so sad that when he was obviously feeling so much pain, none of us were there to comfort him.”



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