State Regulators Conclude No Wrong Doing For Bar In Death Investigation Of Dallas County ADA

L.P. Phillips
January 15, 2020 - 4:05 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - State regulators have concluded the bar where a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney drank before his death did nothing wrong.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says it found no evidence that the Green Door in Dallas overserved Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Justin Lord August 31, 2019. Police have concluded that Lord shot himself that night.

"We looked to find out whether or not the bar served, knowingly or intentionally served somebody who was intoxicated prior to the fatality," said Chris Porter, spokesman TABC. "What we found as a result of our investigation was no evidence showing that the bar served somebody was was previously intoxicated. So to that end, there were no violations."

TABC opened its investigation after learning that Lord had been drinking at the bar before a series of events that led to his death. Lord became confused at some point after leaving the bar. He wound up in a minor accident in Palmer. Nobody was injured but police in Palmer became suspicious when Lord told them he was almost home. Lord lived in Rowlett, some 40-miles from Palmer. He was driven home. Police say Lord shot himself at his house. He was taken to a regional trauma center in Plano where he was pronounced dead.

Palmer Police had cited Lord immediately after the accident and took him to a hospital where a blood draw was conducted. The results of that draw were not part of the investigation, according to Porter. However, the Collin County Medical Examiner determined that Lord's blood alcohol content was 0.17%, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%.

TABC spent months gathering records and talking to employees of the Green Door, according to Porter.

Lord was considered one of the top prosecutors handling some of the bigger cases. Most recently he was involved in the murder case against Brenda Delgado, the mastermind of the murder of Uptown Dallas Dentist Doctor Kendra Hatcher.