Zack Davidson reveals troubles in his last note

Landmark developer’s past leads to suicide

By Tom Barry

Zack Davidson

Zack Davidson

Zachary Davidson, a self-proclaimed “arrogant” developer, came to Greenwood Village with a vision of building two high-end residential condo towers and a distinctive shopping district that included diverse retail, dining and entertainment. He then pushed his luck by promoting an adjacent European-style Village and worked to create the Marin Special District to fund infrastructure costs.

Davidson’s full dream of developing the European Village came crashing down simultaneously with the economy.

The Meridian luxury condo tower is nearly full while The Landmark continues to struggle.  The popular retail district appears to be holding its own as the top parking lot is oftentimes full on weekday evenings and Friday and Saturday nights.  The development has been repossessed by Hypo Bank in Germany after Davidson’s previous business and personal bankruptcies developed.

On Dec. 27, 2012, Davidson was indicted by a grand jury in the 18th Judicial District on 20 counts of fraud and embezzlement. He was believed to be living in Bluffton, S.C., near family and friends.  Upon learning of the indictment, he failed to turn himself in. According to law enforcement, he evaded arrest.

Davidson’s apparent run from the law came to an end on Jan. 8, when Davidson committed suicide in a Florida state forest near Tampa. He had driven a silver Mercedes C320 sedan registered in his name to the site of the incident  and was identified at the scene by his South Carolina driver’s license.

Landmark developer Zack Davidson committed suicide on Jan. 8, 13 days after being indicted by a grand jury on 20 counts of fraud and embezzlement from the 18th Judicial District.  Davidson drove his Mercedes C320 sedan to a Florida state forest where the incident occurred. The front seat his car contained various items including a bible that was opened with several passages highlighted in yellow. Next to the Bible was an envelope with a handwritten note for his family and friends.

Landmark developer Zack Davidson committed suicide on Jan. 8, 13 days after being indicted by a grand jury on 20 counts of fraud and embezzlement from the 18th Judicial District. Davidson drove his Mercedes C320 sedan to a Florida state forest where the incident occurred. The front seat his car contained various items including a bible that was opened with several passages highlighted in yellow. Next to the Bible was an envelope with a handwritten note for his family and friends.

According to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office relating to the Davidson investigation, “The subject left notes indicating this was planned,”

An open Bible on the front seat had several passages highlighted in yellow. Davidson was 45 years old.

Davidson left a four page typewritten suicide note in his car for family and friends which included an additional five pages of quotes from the Bible, along with personal notes for his children.

“I am absolutely clear that I am sorry doesn’t work so many times in life,” said Davidson beginning the suicide note. “…including but not limited to the indictments that were passed down from the court on the 27th. Without going into detail and without showing any denial, you can choose to believe or not believe the fact that a considerable amount of what was concluded in the indictments has another story that is materially different.”

He cited his remorse for past actions and frequently referred to religious passages throughout the extensive letter.

“…In the end, I have consulted countless individuals about the reality of the prison system,” said  Davidson.  “I would be relying up(on) a public defender paid for by the state to represent me on what will be a hugely complex trial of financials.”

Relating to the indictment Davidson said, “In the end, I believe I know intimately enough of the details of the 20 counts asserted to know that even if have are able to prevail on 16 or 17 of them, that could still recommend a sentence of 20 – 25 years on the remaining upheld charges.”

“With the reality of what I now know I face every day from an emotional and chemical challenge standpoint, along with my sadness…,” said Davidson.

He expressed major concerns and fears about prison life and questioned his ability to survive a lengthy incarceration.

Davidson expressed his gratitude to some individuals that mentored him over 25 years.  He wrote that allowing his insecurities and selfishness was disruptive toward what he could have done.

Zack Davidson allegedly drove his silver 2003 Mercedes sedan from Bluffton, S.C., to a Florida state forest to commit suicide. He left behind a final note to friends and family.

Zack Davidson allegedly drove his silver 2003 Mercedes sedan from Bluffton, S.C., to a Florida state forest to commit suicide. He left behind a final note to friends and family.

According to Davidson’s account, he had prepared himself spiritually in advance for this fateful act.

Davidson acknowledged that he suffered with a bipolar dysfunction for many years. He claimed that, “the bipolar disorder had caused me to be very out of control in my actions many times…”  Davidson declared that he was not making excuses for his actions and took responsibility.

An autopsy and toxicology report showed that Davidson had Benadryl, caffeine and Valproic acid, a medicine in his system which is used to treat bipolar dysfunction. All factors in both reports were determined to be “unremarkable.”

Last week, Judge Weishaupl signed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Davidson that that was issued by District Attorney George Brauchler from the 18th Judicial District.

“In all cases where the defendant dies, we typically make a motion to dismiss the case,” said Lisa Pinto, the director of communications for the District Attorney’s Office.

Individuals, family members or friends that are concerned about suicide issues should contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.  This universal toll-free number is routed locally and is staffed by skilled staffs to provide local resources.

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