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SAN JOSE � A stunned Santa Cruz legal community is trying to come to terms with the death of workers’ compensation attorney Jay BloomBecker, who authorities say was gunned down in his Live Oak office by a disgruntled client last week. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Angus Macintyre turned himself in after reportedly confessing to a friend that he’d murdered BloomBecker, 61. Macintyre, 46, has been booked in the county jail. Bail is set at $1 million. Langley Schwartzapfel, a Watsonville workers’ comp attorney, said he was stunned when he heard the news. “My [first] thought was that it was probably one of the crazy clients,” Schwartzapfel said. “It’s frightening a little bit, because it could have happened to any of us.” Deputies said the lawyer died from gunshot wound to the head. BloomBecker’s girlfriend, Lisa Gonzales, found him Wednesday night. “It’s really hard to deal with,” Gonzales said. “We had just moved into a new [house] that day and spent the whole day moving.” The couple has a 9-month-old son, Joshua. The suspect, Macintyre � who also goes by the name Jeffrey Murphy � had been upset with the settlement he’d received from his workers’ comp claim a year ago, according to Gonzales. Macintyre was a heavy equipment operator and had filed a claim for a back injury, she said. He started showing up at BloomBecker’s Brommer Street office a few months ago, complaining that he’d run out of cash and wanted to reopen his claim, Gonzales said. BloomBecker “wasn’t scared. But I was,” said Gonzales, who worked the law office’s front desk. “He didn’t have any fear. He was into mentoring and yoga.” Robert Taren, another workers’ comp attorney who had been friends with BloomBecker for more than 15 years, said BloomBecker was a “happy guy” who liked to help his clients out as much as he could. BloomBecker would hold seminars at the local library to educate clients about their rights, Taren said. “He never spoke evil of people,” he said. When he died, BloomBecker had been in the process of developing a sex therapy practice. According to Taren, BloomBecker had become fascinated by the impact workers’ comp claims had on people’s sex lives. “He was studying [this],” Taren said. BloomBecker received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1970. In addition to Joshua, BloomBecker had two other children, Mia, 17, and Genna, 14. He was separated from his wife, Linda, a Santa Cruz psychotherapist, but the couple had not yet filed for divorce, according to the family’s attorney Brian Murtha. A private service will be held early this week and a public memorial will be held next month.

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