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Jul 19, 2013 12:53 PM

Judge Greenwell Leaves Everything to One Man

CORPUS CHRISTI - District Judge Tom Greenwell left all his earthly possessions to one man in a handwritten will discovered after his suicide inside the Nueces County courthouse.

Albert Fuentes is one of the people named as a person of interest in the investigation of the judge's death. Greenwell and Fuentes were very close and according to an interview done in 2006 by Action 10 News. Greenwell cared for the man dearly. "At times he was like my son, at times I was his mentor," he said back in 2006.

Fuentes had been in trouble with the law numerous times and Greenwell stepped in and took Fuentes under his wing in 2002. That's when Fuentes moved into a home Greenwell owned and began driving the judge's car.

Even with his numerous run-ins with the law and even after hearing one of his cases in his courtroom, Greenwell said he never stopped trying to help him.

But even after all of Greenwell's help, Fuentes still kept getting in trouble with the law.

According to the Nueces County District Clerk's website, Fuentes got in trouble with the law again after that interview in 2006. He was arrested later that year for assault.

Because Greenwell left Fuentes everything he had it's clear what he said back in 2006 never changed.

"We all have family members and friends and you know they have problems and we try to... We try to cope with them. We try to give them some understanding but we also try and direct them in a direction they should be going."

There's no word on exactly what possessions Greenwell leaves behind. He has no family of his own other than a brother.

In the meantime, retired judge Jack Hunter will take over cases pending in the 319th District Court. Governor Perry has authorized all flags to be flown at half-staff in Nueces and surrounding counties until Greenwell's funeral.

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