A pharmaceutical millionaire who was convicted of the manslaughter of her eight-year-old autistic son in 2014 has been found dead in her home, hours after the Supreme Court revoked her bail.
Gigi Jordan, 62, was found dead around 12:30 a.m. Friday at her apartment in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn. Police are investigating the death as a suspected suicide.
Jordan was convicted of the February 2010 manslaughter of his son Jude Mirra in a room at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan. She gave her autistic son a lethal cocktail of painkillers, speech pills and tranquilizers mixed with juice and alcohol before attempting to kill herself.
Her prosecutors argued that she killed him because he was emotionally disturbed and Jordan testified that he was traumatized after being sexually abused by her biological father, Emil Tzekov, her second husband.
She was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2015. However, her manslaughter conviction was overturned in 2020 due to a procedural misstep.
On Friday, one of Jordan’s lawyers, Norman Siegel, confirmed his death, describing it as “incredibly sad”.
“Gigi Jordan had a lot to offer society,” Mr. Siegel said. “Ultimately, she didn’t have the opportunity to contribute to society.”
He said he last spoke to Jordan on Thursday when she called him and told him she “seems to be in good spirits”.
The cause of Jordan’s death remains unclear, however, a note was found at the scene, according to law enforcement sources.
On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order that would have returned Jordan to jail. The justice overturned a previous order of December 20 which allowed him to remain free on bail while the High Court considers his appeal.
During the trail, she testified that she unsuccessfully attempted suicide and killed her son out of fear.
“I saw no way out of this situation,” she said at trial. “I have made the decision to end my life and that of Jude.”
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