Shortly after a Phoenix court found him guilty of arson on Thursday, 53-year-old Michael Marin died in what appears to have been suicide by poison pill.
In video that has emerged showing Marin before, during and following the verdict announcement, he can clearly be seen running his hand over his mouth after the ruling was handed down – making it appear as though he put something in.
Shortly thereafter he started coughing, collapsed to the floor and began to convulse. He was immediately transported to a hospital – but there was nothing they could do.
He died some time later.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jeff Sprong later confirmed that it looked as though Marin had digested something after hearing the verdict.
Here is a closer look (via The Daily Mail):
Marin was found guilty on Thursday of burning down Biltmore Estates, a $3.5 million mansion, in July 2009. He apparently did the deed because he couldn’t afford payments on the home and wanted to collect the insurance payout.
He was facing 10 to 21 years in prison.