Texas attorney Ray Marchan (Stanford ’82) has leapt from the Queen Isabella Bridge before turning himself in to federal authorities to serve a 3 1/2 year prison term. Marchan was convicted of six counts of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, aiding and abetting extortion, and mail fraud in connection with the bribing of former 404th District Judge Abel C. Limas to the tune of over $11,000
At this time, it’s unknown if Marchan was killed in the fall. Investigators are considering the possibility that he used the fall to escape….
Action 4 News, the local TV news channel, writes:
Authorities told Action 4 News he took a taxi cab to the highest point of the bridge and reportedly faked an illness to get the driver to pull over.
The taxi driver told county investigators Marchan exited the vehicle, and jumped without warning around 4:19 a.m. Thursday.
The U.S. Coast Guard immediately launched a search utilizing high tech equipment to search for the body.
Action 4 News also states that “investigators are looking into whether Marchan possibly drowned or swam away from the scene into a nearby boat.”
While authorities have not closed the book on the idea of a daring, Jason Bourne-style escape, we’ll operate under the assumption that Marchan did not survive the fall, and offer our condolences to his family.
Confirmed: Disgraced Attorney Ray Marchan Jumps Off Bridge [ValleyCentral.com]
Marchan Given 3.5 Years in Prison [Brownsville Herald]
Stanford Law Grad Is Federally Indicted, Allegedly Paid Texas Judge $11K in Bribes [ABA Journal]