Detective Investigating NBA Star Rape Case Found Dead

A Los Angeles Police Department detective was found dead from a single gunshot wound to her chest Tuesday afternoon, in what has quickly been ruled as a suicide.

Detective Nadine Hernandez, 44, was one of two detectives assigned to investigate rape allegations against New York Knicks player Derrick Rose.    She had been on the LAPD force for almost 20 years.

Tuesday afternoon, police were called to Hernandez’s home in Whittier, California, where she was found shot in the chest.   She was taken to a local hospital, and pronounced dead just before 3:30 p.m, reported ABC7 News.

Police say they recovered a handgun at the scene, and there were no signs of foul play.  But, last month, Hernandez had written a note asking the judge to keep her name out of Rose’s high-profile trial, and said the ability to protect the identities of the rape victims is an “invaluable investigative aid to investigators.”

Rose is included in a $21 million lawsuit filed by a 30-year-old woman claiming that Rose and two of his friends raped her in August 2013, while she was drunk.

Earlier Tuesday – the same day as Hernandez’s death – the Daily Mail reports that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused to declare a mistrial after Rose’s lawyers accused the plaintiff’s attorneys of failing to disclose text messages to the defense.

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