Man who first leveled accusations of abuse against former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray found dead in Auburn
February 17, 2018
(AUBURN, WA.) – The man who first leveled allegations of sex abuse against former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, which in turn led to other accusations from other men which eventually forced Murray out of office, has died in Auburn.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office says 47-year old Delvonn Heckard died Friday in Auburn. The ME’s office says the cause and manner of death are pending.
The Seattle Times reported that Heckard was found dead early Friday of an apparent drug overdose in an Auburn motel.
The report quotes Auburn Assistant Police Chief Bill Pierson as saying medics unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the man that was found at the motel and that officers found in the man’s room some medication as well as some illicit drug paraphernalia.
Heckard had been in recovery for drug addiction when he sued Murray in April, alleging that Murray had paid him for sex in the late 1980s when he was a teenager.
Murray has denied all of the allegations. Heckard recently got a $100,000 payment as part of a $150,000 settlement with the city of Seattle to dismiss his suit against Murray and the city.