UPDATE, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:12 p.m. –
Forty-three-year-old Roosevelt Champion III – found hanging from a tree on Monday – allegedly killed himself, according to the results of a forensic autopsy released Tuesday, reports NBC News.
Champion’s body was discovered Monday by a neighbor in Greensboro, Georgia. Police had recently questioned him about the death of a 55-year-old White woman, and his death triggered speculation of foul play, the report says.
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State and federal law enforcement agents are investigating the hanging death of a 43-year-old Black man whose body was found Monday morning outside a home about 70 miles east of Atlanta in Greene County, Georgia, reports the Huffington Post.
The man, Roosevelt Champion III, was found hanging from a tree behind a residence that was not his own, the Greensboro Police Department tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
From the Huffington Post:
Law enforcement said that Champion was hanging by a strap like those used to secure cargo on car roofs, with no visible wounds and his feet brushing the ground, NBC reports.
Though homicide has not been ruled out, Rusty Andrews, deputy director of investigation at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told Action 2 News that investigators initially found no signs of struggle or other trauma to Champion’s body or anything else that would indicate someone other than the victim was involved.
Champion had been interviewed in connection with the murder of a woman on May 2 but had not been charged, Andrews told the station.
Champion’s death is the second time in about a month that a Black man has been found hanged. Otis Byrd, 54, was discovered hanging from a tree in Claiborne County, Mississippi in March. While FBI agents have revealed autopsy results of Byrd’s death to his family, they have not said whether the death was by suicide or homicide, writes the Huffington Post.
Check back for updates on this developing story…
SOURCE: The Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN