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Former detective in Duke lacrosse rape case commits suicide in Georgia

Posted July 7

— One of the lead investigators in the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case committed suicide over the weekend in Georgia, multiple sources told WRAL News Monday.

Former Sgt. Mark Gottlieb, a 16-year member of the Durham Police Department, died Saturday, a medical examiner in Dekalb County, Ga., said.

His cause of death was unclear.

Gottlieb, 51, retired from the police force in 2008, nearly two years after three lacrosse players were indicted on charges of first-degree rape, sexual assault and kidnapping stemming from an exotic dancer's claims that she was beaten and raped during a party in which she had been hired to perform.

Gottlieb was the supervisor in the investigation, and faced criticism for how he handled the case.

It was dismissed more than a year later after special prosecutors with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office found no credible evidence to support any of the woman's claims. Attorney General Roy Cooper called the players victims of then-District Attorney Mike Nifong's "tragic rush to accuse."

In the wake of the case, Gottlieb was among numerous defendants named in several civil lawsuits – all of which have since been settled or dismissed.

After retiring from the police department, he eventually moved to Dekalb County, where he worked as a paramedic until his death, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Funeral arrangements weren't clear Monday, but sources said Gottlieb will be buried in Raleigh on Friday.

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  • itsyoureternalsoul Jul 15, 1:16 p.m.

    There was a rush to convict BUT
    This is so completely sad and proves that dealing with lying, insane people drives sane people crazy.
    This man had to get all the details and figure out who was lying.
    Read all about it here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_lacrosse_case

  • winemaker81 Jul 15, 9:27 a.m.

    aconservativeperson -- I didn't know Gottlieb either, but this quote says it all:

    "It was dismissed more than a year later after special prosecutors with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office found no credible evidence to support any of the woman's claims."

    So ... he contributed to the travesty because his investigation failed to identify obvious lies in the accusation. Was that incompetence or intentional? Neither speaks well of him as an investigator. We, as a society, need better than that.

  • AConservativePerson Jul 10, 11:19 a.m.

    Seankelly, you obviously did not know Mark. He was a wonderful father, husband, and friend. The only ones you should be blaming for the trumped up charges are Crystal Mangum and Mike Nifong.

  • seankelly15 Jul 8, 5:56 p.m.

    It is hard to feel sympathy for a guy who helped trump up charges against three men and was willing to send them to prison when he knew no crime had been committed.

  • Just the facts mam Jul 7, 7:28 p.m.

    Very sad

  • Plum Tuckered Jul 7, 4:41 p.m.

    and the hits keep coming.

    Prayers for peace for his family and friends.