Riddle me this…

February 4, 2013 12:24 pm

by Bridget Cantrell · 3 comments

This investigation about Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett has me thoroughly intrigued.  On one hand, I don’t want to disrespect the family by talking so callously about a loved one’s death, but I’m sure they’ve got to be thinking the same things.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A medical examiner has ruled that a Georgia county commissioner who drowned near a boat dock after suffering a gunshot to the head committed suicide, the county coroner said Friday.

Police found the body of 52-year-old Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett early on Dec. 11 in the water beside a docked boat on St. Simons Island. His wallet was in his back pocket and still contained his driver’s license and credit cards. An empty gun holster and a magazine loaded with 9mm bullets were found in Sublett’s car nearby, but no gun was recovered.

1.  If he was shot in the head, he likely didn’t drown.  A 9mm might’ve rattled around a little, but it’s highly probable he died from a point blank shot to the head and not water in the lungs when Commissioner Stublett “fell” into the water.

2.  The death was ruled a suicide.  The article mentions two prescription bottles, but leaves out whether or not any drugs were found in his bloodstream during the autopsy.

3.  His hands were bound yet he managed to shoot himself in the head?  It seems he’d bind his feet if his intend were to keep himself from swimming.

4.  Fine – let’s say he did bind himself before awkwardly lifting the gun.  The gun is missing.  He didn’t go hide it afterwards, and we can assume the GBI searched the dock thoroughly.  Who has the gun?  Or guns if the bullet Commissioner Stublett died from doesn’t match his 9mm.

5.  Follow the money – and not the poker winnings because his wallet, cards, etc were still in his back pocket.

Mike Hassinger February 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I think most of these questions will be answered when the actual report is released -it hasn’t been, yet.

Spacey G February 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

It is indeed a very interesting case. Been following it too. Glynn County is a very freakish place. I suppose anything’s possible “down there.”

Baker February 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

Case in point, insane former judge Amanda Williams…please don’t sue me for calling you insane Mdm Williams.


No matter how it comes out though, this story is tragic and sad. My heart goes out to those involved.

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