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Coroner: Inmate's death was self inflicted

  • Saturday, July 13, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:16 am

Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson confirmed an inmate of the County Detention Center died of self inflicted injuries over the weekend.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating but foul play is not suspected in the death of 40-year-old Craig Lambert.
As previously reported, correctional officers responded to Lambert’s cell at about noon Saturday and found him unresponsive.
According to jail records, Lambert had been in jail since July 8 on burglary and other charges.
Johnson said today an autopsy which was conducted confirmed Lambert died from “ligature hanging.”  sheet was used, an incident report released today states.
 Lambert, according to the report, did have a cell mate who reportedly slept through the hanging. That inmate said he woke up when he heard lunch trays being passed out. That, he said, is when he saw Lambert deceased and yelled for help.
This is the second reported suicide in the jail in recent weeks.
On June 26, 38-year-old Samuel Arthur Yenawine was found dead at the jail.
Authorities say he also hung himself.
He was a suspect in a federal murder-for-hire plot targeting a Mt. Pleasant woman.

Sheriff Lane Cribb talks about the suicides that have taken place in the jail he oversees. Read that and more on this story in Wednesday’s Georgetown Times.

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