Woman who admitted to killing 8-year-old autistic son found dead day after Supreme Court ruled against her
In sad twist to an already disturbing story, pharmaceutical millionaire and Belgian socialite Gigi Jordan – who was convicted in 2014 of killing her young autistic son – was found dead in her home Friday just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court revoked her bail in a pending appeal in her case, according to Fox News.
Jordan was sentenced in 2015 to 18 years in prison over the death of her 8-year-old son, Jude Mirra, though her conviction was overturned in 2020, and she was currently in the process of appealing decisions related to her quest for a new trial in the matter.
Jordan found dead
According to the Daily Mail, Jordan was found dead in her Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn apartment at around 12:30 a.m.
While no cause of death has been released thus far, sources revealed that a note was found on the scene and that the case was being investigated as a possible suicide.
Jordan's death was confirmed to the media by her lawyer, Normal Siegel, who indicated that his last conversation with his client occurred at around 7:30 Thursday evening and that, at the time, she “sounded in good spirits,” as Fox News further noted.
“It's unbelievably sad. Gigi Jordan had a lot to offer society. In the end, she did not have her opportunity to contribute to society,” the attorney added.
Child's tragic end
As the Daily Mail explained, Jordan's 2014 manslaughter conviction stemmed from her decision in February of 2010 to administer a deadly dose of drugs to her then-8-year-old son, who suffered from autism.
The tragic events took place in a luxury suite at New York City's Peninsula Hotel, where the pair were staying, and after killing her son, Jordan made a failed attempt on her own life as well.
Once the case went to trial, Jordan contended that she gave the boy a fatal dose of Xanax and Ambien while under “extreme emotional disturbance” caused by her fear that her life was in danger and that if something happened to her, the boy would be vulnerable to abuse from her ex-husband.
Procedural error claimed
Though Jordan received a sentence of nearly two decades back in 2015, the conviction was ultimately overturned in 2020 as the result of a procedural error at trial, and at the time of her death, she was out on bail amid continued appeals for a new trial.
The basis for Jordan's appeal focused on a period of 15 minutes during her original trial in which the courtroom was closed to the public, something she claimed was a violation of her constitutional rights under the Sixth Amendment.
Having initially succeeded in having her conviction overturned, however, the matter has remained the subject of ongoing litigation and successive appeals – including in recent weeks to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to Law & Crime, earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted bail to Jordan on an emergency basis, after a decision from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals did not go in her favor, and the aforementioned emergency appeal was made to the high court.
In response to that move, New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg submitted a brief of his own declaring there to be “[n]o compelling reason” for allowing Jordan to remain free.
In Bragg's estimation, it was “highly unlikely” that Jordan would prevail in her appeal, noting what he called the “vast gulf” between the sort of scenarios in which the high court in the past has found that a defendant had been denied an open court proceeding and the “idiosyncratic and harmless” courtroom closure that formed the basis of Jordan's appeals.
Apparently siding with Bragg's reasoning, last Thursday evening, Sotomayor vacated her own order and revoked Jordan's bail, paving the way for her imminent return to custody.
As the U.S. Sun noted, Jordan had already served 11 years in prison as a result of her legal woes, a period exceeding 70% of her sentence.
Whether the prospect of more time behind bars was simply too much for the 62-year-old to bear is something that remains unknown but given the reported discovery of a note at the scene of her death, it seems reasonable to expect that the truth of what occurred will be revealed in the end.