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Black Man's Hanging in Georgia Determined to Be a Suicide

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:53 AM

Roosevelt Champion III, a black man found Monday hanged from a tree in Georgia, died by suicide, according to forensic reports.

"The results of the autopsy are that the manner of death is suicide and the cause of death is hanging. After a thorough autopsy examination, there was no evidence of any inflicted trauma to Champion's body," the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said in a new release on Tuesday, according to My Fox Atlanta.

The deputy medical examiner who performed the autopsy, Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat, said there were no signs of trauma anywhere on Champion's body. That suggested that there was no struggle that forced him into a makeshift noose made from a ratcheting orange strap.

The 43-year-old African-American man was found hanged around noontime outside of a house in rural Greensboro on Monday. The Greensboro Police Department said Champion does not live at the house where he was found.

"I'm angry, I'm angry because I don't have answers," Miranda Wright, one of Champion's sisters, told NBC News after the autopsy report was released. "He do a lot of things but he wouldn't have harmed himself — I doubt it."

According to GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten, Champion was recently questioned about the death of 55-year-old Carol Lewis. She was found earlier this month in a Greensboro apartment garage.

In March, a 54-year-old black man named Otis Bryd was also found hanged in Mississippi. His death is being investigated by the FBI, and details about what led to his death have not been publicly released. His family has now ordered a private investigation into the incident.

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