Autopsy Confirms Former Redding Attorney was Fatally shot
Sep 10, 2008 9:55 PM
An autopsy conducted Wednesday confirms 67 year old Franklin Cibula died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Bill McDowell, a live-in caregiver, told Action News they were preparing to pick up Cibula's three year old adopted son from school. McDowell says he was waiting outside of their East Street home when Cibula walked out with blood on his shirt. Cibula told McDowell he had just "fallen." McDowell called 911 and told dispatchers he believed the blood was from an old bypass surgery wound. When emergency crews arrived around 11:40 a.m. they discovered Cibula had been shot. Cibula was taken to Mercy Medical Center and was pronounced dead. McDowell doesn't believe there was anyone else inside the house. He also confirmed Cibula owned a firearm. Redding Police Chief Leonard Moty says the shooting is considered "suspicious." They are waiting for lab results that could take weeks to process. Meantime, they have interviewed family and friends as well as potential witnesses. Shasta County District Attorney Jerry Benito confirms Cibula had a pending civil embezzlement case, filed by former clients. A deposition was scheduled on Thursday. Benito says they were waiting on this deposition before filing additional criminal charges. Cibula is survived by his daughter Nicole and son Mark, a Shasta County Supervisor.