(Warning: Footage of Marin beginning to convulse is included and could be considered disturbing)
Prosecutors said Marin couldn’t afford the monthly mortgage of $17,500 and had a balloon payment of $2.3 million coming due.
Man sips liquid, kills himself in court after arson conviction
A man collapsed in court and died after being convicted Thursday of deliberately burning down his $3.5 million Phoenix mansion.
Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies said they were investigating whether Michael Marin put something in his mouth that led to his death after the verdict was read.
“We will have to wait until we get toxicology reports from the medical examiner until we can confirm if he did and what the substance was,” sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Sprong said in a written statement.
A jury had found Marin, 53, guilty of arson of an occupied structure. When his trial began in May, prosecutors said he faced up to nearly 16 years in prison if convicted.
Video from inside the courtroom showed Marin putting his hands over his eyes after the verdict was read and then covering his mouth with both hands.
As Judge Bruce Cohen and lawyers were discussing aggravating factors and the jury was out of the courtroom, Marin’s face suddenly turned red and he began to make throat-clearing noises before he collapsed to the floor.