USA Today–The county sheriff says that a 26-year-old black man found hanged from an oak tree in Greenwood, Miss., apparently committed suicide, but the president of the local NAACP challenges that explanation and says the group will monitor developments in the case.
Frederick Jermaine Carter, whose body was found Friday in North Greenwood, had a history of mental illness, was on medication and had a pattern of wandering away, says Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks.
Carter, who lived in neighboring Sunflower County, was helping his stepfather paint a building Wednesday. The stepfather went to get tools and when he returned, Carter had wandered off, Banks says.
After Carter was found Friday, Banks says he investigated the scene and found no evidence that anyone else was there.Banks says his finding on a cause of death is not final. He is awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports. “They’ll look for bruising on the body, to see if it looks like somebody might have scuffled with him or whatever,” he says. “I didn’t find any evidence of that.”
The FBI’s Jackson field office is monitoring the situation. “The FBI has been advised of the situation in Leflore County,” spokeswoman Deborah Madden says in a statement. “We stand by to provide whatever assistance is necessary to ensure the integrity of the investigation.”