Local News

Medical examiner says attorney died of heart attack

Posted October 3, 2008 6:06 p.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2008 6:41 p.m. EDT

— Autopsy results released Friday show a prominent criminal defense attorney died of a heart disease, but Goldsboro police say they are still investigating his death.

Emergency workers responded to a 911 call at 1531 E. Mulberry St. Wednesday evening and found Bruce Hulse, 60, lying unresponsive in the back yard of his brother.

Family spokesman Glenn Barfield said Hulse died from a heart attack and had "a very serious heart condition." He said there were no signs of trauma on Hulse's body.

Police, however, will not say who called 911 or why they are continuing their investigation. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to investigate, Goldsboro police Sgt. Chad Calloway said.

"We often use the SBI when we're working a death investigation, which is what this is," he said.

In a news release Friday afternoon, Calloway said authorities have not received the official record from the medical examiner office and that the case will be closed "upon the completion of interviews."

Hulse was well known in the Wayne County court system and is described as having had a big personality.

"He affected a presence that most other lawyers didn't carry off," said attorney John Dees.