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Son of ex-Enron president upset at breakup with girlfriend before death, police say

February 4, 2011 |  6:07 am

The son of ex-Enron President Jeff Skilling was upset over a breakup with his girlfriend in the days before he was found dead in his Santa Ana apartment, police said.

Police discovered prescription medicine bottles near the 20-year-old’s body, but it's unclear whether that had anything to do with his death.

The cause of death has not been listed pending toxicology results that will be available in four to six weeks.

Police were called to the 1200 block of East Fairhaven Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after John Taylor "J.T." Skilling, a student at Chapman University, didn’t show up for dinner with two friends, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

“There were no signs of trauma or evidence of a crime,” Bertagna said.

Daniel Petrocelli, Jeff Skilling’s attorney, confirmed that the victim was the son of his client. “He was a good kid. A real good kid,” Petrocelli said. “This is just awful.”

Jeff Skilling is serving a 24-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison for fraud, insider trading and conspiracy. Petrocelli said he is in talks with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to see if Skilling will be released for his son’s funeral.

“His dad is devastated, distraught and heartbroken,” Petrocelli said.


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