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Colleague of Dallas attorney found dead in suspicious fire claims friend’s death was a “hit”

May 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Colleague of Dallas attorney found dead in suspicious fire claims friend’s death was a  “hit”

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Associates of a prominent Dallas-based attorney, who was found dead inside his burning garage last week, claim the man’s death was a targeted killing.

Texas authorities remain baffled over last week’s mysterious death of 58-year-old lawyer Ira Tobolowsky, who was found dead last Friday morning inside the burned out remains of the garage of his suburban home.

Although law enforcement officials have not released the cause of death, WFAA, cited sources close to the investigation who revealed Tobolowsky’s body had been set on fire with gasoline.

Appearing on the “Today Show” on Wednesday, fellow attorney Robert Hinton, a colleague of Tabolowsky said he believes his friend was the victim of an assassination.

“This was a hit, there’s no question in my mind this was a hit… It just had to be criminal,”
Hinton told “Today” Wednesday about the mysterious death of his friend.

Investigators with Dallas Fire-Rescue labeled the fire along with Tabolowsky’s death “suspicious in nature.” However, so far police have not arrested anyone and haven’t named any suspects.

According to the Dallas Morning News, at the time of his death, Tobolowsky’s firm successfully represented a woman during a contentious libel lawsuit who sued Steven Aubrey, her son after he had declared “jihad” on her.

During trial Tabolowski experienced threats made against his life, The News reported.

After winning the case the attorney filed a lawsuit against Aubrey claiming the man used “dirty tricks, fraud, international lies and defamatory comments,” in an effort to damage his reputation.

Tobolowsky also received a message saying “I’m going to kill you,” on his email leading up to his passing.

Police have not discovered the author nor could the threat’s authenticity be substantiated.

Following Tobolowsky’s death, the Judge overseeing the defamation suit against Aubrey had to increase his personal security and has since rescued himself from the case.

Additionally, Civil District Judge Eric Moyé, who oversaw the first case revealed in a statement that authorities advised to arm himself before traveling anywhere and two deputies from The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office were briefly assigned to guard his home after the gruesome discovery in Tobolowsky’s garage.

Aubrey could not immediately be reached nor has he publically commented on the death of Tabolowski.

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