Springfield Mayor's Death Ruled a Suicide

Timothy Davlin was found dead at his home Dec. 14

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    A coroner's jury has ruled Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin's death a suicide.

    A Sangamon County inquest on Thursday determined the 53-year-old Democrat died of a close-contact bullet wound to the heart in a vehicle parked at his home Dec. 14.

    No note from Davlin was found, investigators said.  They say there were no signs of foul play and no drugs or alcohol in his body.

    Davlin apparently called 911 from a cordless landline phone in his car but hung up.

    He died the morning he was to show up at a court hearing to give a financial accounting for an estate he was handling. The IRS also he owed $90,000 in back taxes.

    The two-term mayor had recently announced he would not seek re-election.