KINGMAN - A Yucca man being tried for sex offense charges was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning.
Patrick Haslem, 59, was found wounded in his vehicle by a passerby on Franconia Road between Lake Havasu City and Yucca, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Trish Carter. Haslem was still alive when deputies, a ground medical team and helicopter responded. He was airlifted to Havasu Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries at approximately 4:30 a.m.
The Sheriff's office does not yet know when the shooting actually happened. It is believed he shot himself in a suicide attempt and died of his injuries.
Haslem failed to appear for court Tuesday on a 2015 felony warrant for failure to appear charges on original charges of five counts of sexual abuse issued by Lake Havasu City Justice Court.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Haslem was absent from court Tuesday when attorneys presented his sex offense trial in Kingman. At about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, the jury found Haslem guilty of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
The RJ's original report said that Haslem was found critically wounded at his home during a welfare check, but MCSO later confirmed that to be false. He was rushed to Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City and his trial continued in Kingman. ..Source.. by Aaron Ricca