Jefferson County Attorney suspends campaign after death of son - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jefferson County Attorney suspends campaign after death of son

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell has indefinitely suspended his campaign due to the death of his son, according to a release from his office.

O'Connell's son, Matt, 33, was found dead inside his car Monday, police said.

The O'Connell family is saddened and grieving, Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the county attorney's office, said on Monday.

In the press release Tuesday, Halladay wrote, "Out of respect for the family's privacy as they grieve, no other statements will be made at this time."

Mike O'Connell is running for reelection in the primary election May 20 against attorney Karen Faulkner.

Police responded to Payne Street and Stoll Avenue in the Clifton neighborhood Monday just before 3 p.m. and began a "death investigation," according to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

The death did not appear to be a homicide, Mitchell said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

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