Turns out the illness Greg King was suffering from was depression:
Defence lawyer Greg King was ‘haunted’ by crimes
LEGAL MIND: Greg King during the Ewen Macdonald murder trial last year.
Top lawyer Greg King took his life, depressed, burnt-out, and haunted by the dead from the cases he had known.
Coroner Garry Evans has released his findings into the death of Mr King, 43, whose body was found on November 3, last year, in Dungarvan Rd, Newlands, Wellington, not far from his Mercedes car.
In the car was a typewritten note that began:
“To everyone: How can I explain the unexplainable?”
It said that after nearly 20 years as a defence lawyer he was burnt out, disillusioned and depressed.
“He says he is haunted by the dead from his numerous homicide cases and hates himself for what he has done,” Mr Evans said.
“He says he has been genuinely torn between doing his job and his conscience, which keeps asking him ‘Is this really what you want to do doing?'”
I’ve had my brushes with depression and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But man I’ve got to say, if you spend your life getting guilty guys off of murders and other heinous crimes, then it’s bound to leave you and a bad mental state.
People would wonder how anyone doing this for a living could sleep at night. Well perhaps the answer is “They can’t”.
I was very interested to read this bit:
Ms Milnes-King had told the coroner her husband had a massive breakdown in June 2012 the night after delivering his closing address for Ewen Macdonald in the Scott Guy murder trial.
This tells us all something about the guilt/innocence of this guy.