WACO (February 22, 2013)-- Michael Wayne Jackson, 67, a prominent Waco construction company president was found dead in his office Thursday of what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a day after he was named in a sealed four-count felony theft indictment.
Jackson’s wife found her husband’s body at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday inside the offices of CMCT Ltd., at 913 Franklin Ave., Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson ordered Jackson's body sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsy.
Peterson said Jackson's body was lying on a couch inside the office.
Peterson said that the manner and cause of death remains undetermined, but that police believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Jackson was named in the sealed indictment handed up Wednesday charging two counts of theft of more than $100,000 and two counts of securing a document by deception, all stemming from Jackson's oversight of a construction project at Providence Hospital's Health Network, the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office said.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett told News 10 Friday the district attorney's office has filed a motion to dismiss the indictment in light of Jackson's death.
Jarrett said the two theft charges relate to a nearly $2 million loss of money from the project, which had been under investigation for more than six months.
Texas Rangers searched both Jackson's office and his China Spring home during the investigation, Jarrett said, and seized several documents that related to the construction project, along with computers, an iPad and cellular phone plus other records.