The Cherokee County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy to determine how a 35-year-old man died Wednesday while in jail custody.
Antonio Lemont Gregory, 35, of Gaffney, S.C., died in the emergency room at Novant Health-Gaffney Medical Center after his cellmate found him unresponsive a half-hour earlier.
The cellmate summoned detention officers, who initiated CPR along with paramedics and firefighters who responded.
Gregory was arrested on June 12 in connection with a shoplifting charge. Dennis Fowler, the medical examiner, said Gregory “had not been feeling well for the last couple of days according to cellmates.”
South Carolina’s law enforcement division is investigating Gregory’s death, which is routine when an inmate dies in custody.
Fowler said he conducted the autopsy on Thursday. The medical examiner said there didn’t seem to be any injuries on Gregory and that the death appeared to be “medically related.”
Fowler said it will be six to eight weeks before the toxicology tests are completed.
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