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SPD: Man Arrested For Promoting Suicide Attempt

SPD NEWS RELEASE: On January 31, 2011, Major Crimes Detectives arrested 39-year-old Melvin Gillespie for three counts of obstructing and for promoting a suicide attempt.

On June 30, 2010, William Pickard was found at the base of High Bridge, dead from an apparent fall.  During the death investigation, detectives discovered Gillespie's role, which he continually lied about to investigators. Gillespie drove Pickard to the area near the Sunset Bridge and assisted Pickard in tying himself up with apron cords. Gillespie also drove Pickard's vehicle to the area of Ash and Glass; rummaging through it to make it appear as if it had been stolen.

The lies Gillespie told on three separate dates about material facts greatly slowed the investigation and cost the State of Washington tens of thousands of dollars.

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