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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003 9:13 am | Updated: 1:36 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

An attorney under investigation in the possible drunken driving death of a Mesa student was found in the bathroom of his Tempe home Thursday with a gunshot wound to his head.

Officials suspect Keith Alan Moore, a former part-time Maricopa County Superior Court judge, killed himself, said Tempe police Sgt. Dan Masters.

Police received a call about 4:40 p.m. from a friend concerned about not seeing Moore lately.

Officers checked the outside of the house at 441 W. Secretariat Drive, then went around the back.

As one officer entered the house through the dog door, they heard a gunshot.

With their weapons drawn, two officers and a sergeant searched each room and discovered the body.

There was no one else in the house, police said.

Neighbor Randy Berg said Moore was over for drinks the night before the April 2 crash. He hasn’t seen him since.

A couple weeks ago, he saw a moving van when Moore’s wife moved out, police said.

Preliminary tests indicated Moore, 51, had a blood-alcohol level more than double the state’s legal limit when he struck Yong Kim, 18, with his Mercedes on Guadalupe Road at Rogers Street, police said.

Moore was driving his 10-year-old son home from a baseball game at the time of the crash, police said.

Kim, a choir student at Dobson High School in Mesa, was riding his bicycle across the road on his way home from a rehearsal for a school choral and dance program.

Moore had a green light, and Kim was crossing in a crosswalk against a "Don’t Walk" sign.

Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley, who came to Moore’s home Thursday, said his office was reviewing the case, but had not made any decisions on whether Moore would be charged.

Reached Thursday night at their Mesa home, Kim’s parents, Hyeong Su Kim and Haeok Kim said they had little to say, other than they felt very sorry for Moore and his family.

A memorial to Kim at the crash site is maintained with a steady stream of fresh flowers.

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