Death of Robert Clay Still Questioned
Updated: Friday, October 5 2012, 05:15 PM EDT
It was a case embroiled in controversy. Did a politically influential businessman commit suicide, or was he murdered? To this day, supporters are still pressing for a new investigation after new evidence could shed new light on the case.
It's been nearly seven years since a grisly scene inside a Reservoir Hill office sent shock waves through the city of Baltimore. Lying on the floor in a puddle of blood was politically connected minority contractor Robert Clay shot dead.
Disbelief shot through the city that a larger than life businessman, who was no stranger to city politics, would shoot himself in the head.
Yet after a brief investigation, the state medical examiner did indeed rule Clay's death a suicide. It is a ruling that has never set well with his supporters. And almost seven years later and many questions unanswered, they are still not satisfied.
Why would a man who loved life, end his expectantly? Why would a right handed person shoot himself holding a gun in his left hand? Why was the bullet from the gun never found?
It was these questions that prompted former Baltimore City Inspector General Hilton Green to launch his own investigation that remained secret, until now.
Fox45 was allowed to review a copy and discovered it highlights many of the clues his supporters say points to murder. The position of his body, which the medical examiner told Green was unusual, and a right handed man taking a final shot with his left.
But one piece of evidence is new. The blood splatter from Clay's head would was key evidence to the suicide ruling. "It's a suicide. First look suggests it is but you still have to keep an open mind," said former Baltimore Homicide Lieutenant Stephen Tabeling.
The report also includes the name of a mysterious man the inspector general urged police to interview, Wilkins Macnair. Macnair was a former high profile accountant who was already in jail for embezzling money from Clay's wife after his death. Macnair confessed to stealing $1 million from the sale of a Howard County
home from Clay's estate.
Green wrote also in his report that Macnair told other victims he scammed Clay was murdered. Still, Green's finding failed to generate action. "He was treated as if his life had no significance"
Now, Clay's family and friends are planning to take their case to US Attorney Eric Holder. Supporters of Clay say they plan to hold a press conference in Washington later this month to coincide with their appeal to the attorney general.