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L.A. Investigators Deem Lawyer’s Death Homicide By Christine Cristiano After days of speculation, investigations into the death of prominent LA lawyer, Jeffrey Tidus, have confirmed that his wounds were not self-inflicted when he was found shot in his driveway on Monday, December 7, 2009. Tidus had gone outside his Rolling Hills Estates home in California to retrieve his laptop from his car parked in his driveway when he was shot. He died from his injuries the following morning.

12/15/09 In a statement, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Dolson, said that ‘’We have gathered enough information now. We are certain it’s a murder.’’ After his death, detectives were tight-lipped and wouldn’t speculate if Tidus’s wounds were self-inflicted or if he was shot. According to a report in the LA Weekly crime blog, coincidentally Tidus ‘’was killed just hours after top executives at a firm Tidus represented, New Century Financial, were accused of fraud by federal regulators.’’

Dolson declined to comment on whether Tidus had received any death threats, and commented that ‘’it’s all speculation right now.’’ Although no motive has been determined, Dolson remarked that investigators will be looking into Tidus ‘professional and personal life’ for clues as to his demise. Tidus was part of the legal team of Baute & Tidus which specializes in civil litigation located in downtown Los Angeles. According to his website, Tidus represented various high profile companies including the now defunct subprime lending company New Century Financial, Hawthorne Savings, and Isuzu Motors of America.

Although some people have speculated that Tidus was shot in retaliation for his legal work, detectives said that it is too soon to determine if the Tidus murdered was an ‘’an orchestrated hit.’’

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L.A. Investigators Deem Lawyer's Death Homicide