In addition to what exactly was in the bottle (strychnine?), I’m also wondering if he knew what he was doing and this was deliberate. Or, did someone poison the bottle and murder him? Via People:
A Texas man chugged a bottle of mystery liquid in the courtroom as a jury convicted him of five counts of child sexual assault — and later died in the hospital.
Edward Leclair, 57, was on trial in Denton, Texas. He had been free on bond until the verdict last Thursday.
As the jury returned a guilty verdict on the first count, Leclair began to drink from a plastic water bottle filled with liquid.
“I looked over and noticed him drinking,” his attorney, Mike Howard told NBC News. “His hand was shaking. At the time, I thought it was shaking because of the verdict. Then he kept drinking and drinking.”
Medics unsuccessfully tried to revive Leclair. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Leclair, a former Navy mechanic and corporate recruiter, was charged in 2020 with five counts of sexual assault on a person between the age of 14 and 17. He pleaded not guilty on all charges, but the jury found him guilty. He faced up to 100 years in prison.