Michael Marin Courtroom Death Video: Did He Commit Suicide?
Michael Marin, facing 16 years in prison for burning down his mansion, dies in court after appearing to take a suicide pill.
As Wall Street trader and banker Michael Marin was convicted of arson for setting his mansion on fire, the cash-strapped defendant cupped his hands over his face and then collapsed.
Marin later died from what authorities have speculated may have been at least one poison pill in a last-ditch bid to avoid prison.
Video from inside the courtroom showed Marin putting his hands over his eyes after the verdict was read and then covering his mouth with both hands.
As Judge Bruce Cohen and lawyers were holding discussions and the jury was out of the courtroom, Marin's face suddenly turned red and he began to make throat-clearing noises before he collapsed to the floor.
Marin's attorneys tried to assist him and paramedics were called. They performed chest compressions but he was pronounced dead in hospital.
Prosecutors claimed Marin set fire to his mansion in July 2009 after failing to sell it at a charity auction.
The court heard Marin could not afford the monthly mortgage of $17,500 (£11,150) and was due to make a payment of $2.3m.
Authorities said Marin escaped the fire by climbing down a rope ladder while wearing a scuba tank and diving mask to protect himself from the smoke.
During the trial and after he collapsed into convulsions and fell into unconsciousness, paramedics were called and they took him to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
You can see the full Michael Marin video below. Marin takes the pill at 0:37, and another at 5:52. He seems to have trouble breathing at 7:40, and appears dead at 8:52.
From the video, it appears Marin committed suicide. But toxicology test results by the medical examiner, which could take up to six weeks, will reveal exactly what Marin took in the Arizona courtroom that ended his life in a very public way.