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5th inmate dies in SC jail this year

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 12:54 PM
Last updated 6:21 PM
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A fifth inmate has died at the Orangeburg County jail in about a year.

Authorities told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that 34-year-old Thurston Massey was found slumped over in a cell around 6:15 a.m. Monday after he was arrested on a driving under the influence charge.

Orangeburg County Administrator Harold Young says Massey refused medical care when he came to the jail, but was checked by a nurse. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine what killed Massey.

Since October 2012, two inmates have committed suicide, a third died from a heart condition and the cause of death hasn’t been determined for a fourth death.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the latest death. Young says he does not think the jail has an ongoing problem.

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