Update: Georgia Bureau Of Investigation Rules Hanging Death Of Black Man As A Suicide

- By Bossip Staff

GBI Rules Hanging Death Of Black Man As Suicide

Preliminary autopsy results are expected Tuesday, but Monday night the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was saying that, so far, there is no evidence of foul play in the death of a black man whose body was found hanging from a tree in Greensboro.

Via 11 Alive:

Just after 11:00 a.m., Monday, someone walking past a house on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Greensboro spotted the body in the back yard of the house, and called 911.

The body was hanging from a tree, and police quickly identified the man who had died as a nearby resident, Roosevelt Champion, III, 43.

It just so happens that the GBI interviewed Champion twice last week about the apparent murder of a white woman in Greensboro, Carol Lewis, 55.

But the GBI emphasized Monday that Champion was not a suspect in that case, and there is no evidence as of now that that murder case has anything to do with Champion’s death.

“There’s nothing to suggest any, any foul play at this time,” said GBI Agent Joe Wooten. “Mr. Champion’s feet were touching the ground, his knees were slightly buckled.”

Wooten said Champion’s arms and legs were not bound.

He said there was no initial indication of any wounds to Champion’s body, such as gunshots or cuts.

“That’s going to be up to the autopsy to determine that, but, no, nothing overt…. There’s nothing that showed any type of immediate struggle or anything of that nature.”

“I’m angry, I’m angry because I don’t have answers,” said Miranda Wright, one of Champion’s sisters. “He do a lot of things but he wouldn’t have harmed himself, I doubt it.”

So, this Black man just hung himself in rural Georgia even though he had no history of Mental Illness or Depression? Something ain’t right with this story at all….

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