Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

Jail inmate dies in custody

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Neil Haggerty
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

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.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More