David Jacobs MySpace page: The steroids dealer that was found shot dead in Plano
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And the Dallas Morning News Story
Steroid dealer David Jacobs' death ruled a suicide
06:26 PM CDT on Friday, June 6, 2008
By TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News
The death of convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs was ruled a suicide today, according to a preliminary report from the Dallas County medical examiner's office.
Mr. Jacobs, 35, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Amanda Earhart-Savell, 30, a professional fitness competitor, were found shot dead Thursday morning at his Plano home.
The medical examiner's initial report shows he died of two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. Plano police said Ms. Earhart-Savell had multiple gunshot wounds, but the medical examiner's office has not confirmed manner or time of death. The investigation continues.
Plano police also said today they see no conflict of interest in investigating the death of Mr. Jacobs, who publicly accused an officer of stealing from him. Mr. Jacobs never followed through by filing a formal complaint.
“The Plano Police Department will handle this investigation as we do with all of the others,” Plano Officer Andrae Smith said Friday. “The bottom line is there’s no reason to conclude that we shouldn’t investigate this.”
Mr. Jacobs never filed an internal affairs complaint with the department after he claimed an officer swiped $4,500 in cash from his house during an April 2007 raid. Several police agencies, including Plano police and federal agents, were present when the search warrant was executed.
Mr. Jacobs had also said he believed that federal authorities were investigating. But neither federal nor local police agencies have said they are looking into the allegation.
Mr. Jacobs has also said his network had sold steroids to officers in Garland, Richardson, Dallas, Arlington, and Plano, but he had not publicly named names.
The Plano police, known for a strict by-the-book approach that minimizes slip-ups in major investigations, has not released many details about the shootings.
Police responded to the home after receiving a missing-person call around midnight Wednesday from Ms. Earhart-Savell’s family. The family told police that they had not heard from her and thought that she might be at Mr. Jacobs’ house.
After the bodies were found, Plano police officers wearing masks over their faces were seen entering the house and taking evidence away, some in boxes. Police say they were undercover officers who need to protect their identities.
People who know the couple say that Mr. Jacobs was jealous and possessive of Ms. Earhart-Savell. Mr. Jacobs had previously told The Dallas Morning News that their nearly yearlong relationship had been marred by allegations of cheating by both of them.
Officer Smith said investigators have not shared pieces of the case with public information officers. But he added that, to his knowledge, the couple had not threatened each other with harm.
“I don’t have information that leads me to believe that that was a part of this scenario,” said Officer Smith.
In early May, a federal judge sentenced Mr. Jacobs, the one-time ringleader of one of the largest steroids networks in the United States, to three years of probation for running his international steroids network.
Mr. Jacobs also had recently sat down with NFL investigators and provided them names of players to whom he said he sold performance-enhancing drugs, including ex-Cowboys lineman Matt Lehr. Mr. Jacobs also supplied the league with canceled checks, e-mails, text messages and other evidence, saying he wanted to “clean up” the sport.
Mr. Lehr’s attorney has called Mr. Jacobs’ information unreliable and said his client would not be indicted. Federal investigators will only say that their investigation continues.
Mr. Jacobs also said he sold steroids and growth hormone to other NFL players, but never named them publicly.