A Marine colonel at the center of a court-martial case about leaking secret intelligence information to civilian law enforcement agencies has died, the Marine Corps announced Tuesday.
Larry Richards, a Marine reservist and retired Los Angeles County sheriff's detective, died Saturday of natural causes. He faced multiple charges and had been scheduled for an Article 32 hearing, akin to a preliminary hearing.
The case involves allegations that Marines working for Richards in the intelligence division at Camp Pendleton gave him classified documents about purported terrorism threats so he could share them with an anti-terrorism task force organized by the Sheriff's Department.
Richards, in his job as a sheriff's detective, was a co-founder of the task force, based in Norwalk.
Richards, 52, died at his home in Lake Arrowhead after staying in a hospice with brain, kidney and liver ailments, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the county coroner.