Utah GOP activist's death surprises his lawyer

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:51 PM


SALT LAKE CITY— An attorney for a conservative political activist in Utah says the man gave no indication that he wanted to end his own life.

Cara Tangaro was one of the attorneys representing Gregory Peterson on charges that he had sexually assaulted five women.

Peterson was released on $2 million bail on Oct. 19. He was found dead of an apparent suicide at his cabin near Heber Tuesday by two bail bond agents who were dispatched to the cabin to check on him because his ankle monitor was not responding.

Tangaro says Peterson always maintained his innocence and seemed to be excited to be out of jail. She says his suicide was the last thing she expected.

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