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SLED asked to investigate death of inmate found hanged in Pickens County jail


PICKENS, South Carolina — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate the death of an inmate at the county jail.

Authorities say a 34-year-old male inmate was found hanged from a sheet in a jail bathroom about 2 a.m. on Saturday. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley identified the man as Michael Morris. She said the death was caused by hanging and was ruled a suicide.

The sheriff said the inmate had been jailed since late June on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The inmate was housed by himself in arraignment room being used as a cell because of jail overcrowding. The jail was built in 1974 with a capacity of 93 inmates. There are currently 208 inmates being housed at the jail.

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