Charity Founder's Death
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys on both sides of the case are expressing shock at the apparent suicide of Lou Sengheiser, the charity founder who was facing fraud charges. A federal jury was deciding Sengheiser's fate yesterday when the judge delivered the news. Authorities say Sengheiser died of a bullet wound to the chest in an apparent suicide. Sengheiser founded Gateway to a Cure in 1996, focusing on spinal cord injuries. The jury began deliberations Wednesday. Sengheiser was accused of using money from the charity to pay personal debts. His body was found on the roof of the charity's office building in south St. Louis County. Sengheiser's attorney says his client was upbeat and feeling good about the case when they last spoke on Wednesday.
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