Authorities say fatal shooting of renowned attorney was a homicide
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicides detectives said today that the mysterious shooting death of renowned attorney Jeffrey Tidus was a homicide.
The announcement about the fatal shooting outside Tidus’ Rolling Hills Estates home earlier this week comes the same day as a scheduled autopsy in the investigation."The autopsy results did play into that conclusion," said Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Detectives had refused until now to say his death was a homicide, but conceded they never recovered a weapon in the case.
Detectives said earlier that if Tidus’ death turned out to be a homicide, it would be doubtful he would have been the victim of a random crime, given that the neighborhood is not a place an opportunist criminal would wander around.
"If this turns out to be a homicide, all indications are he was targeted," Lt. Dave Dolson told The Times Wednesday.
Neighbors said Tidus’ wife told them that he had gone outside to get a laptop computer from his car and didn't return. They said they saw the laptop on the lawn, with blood visible on the driveway.
-- Richard Winton
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