Access problem in inmate's death clarified – Crime/Safety –

GREENVILLE — A state medical examiner clarified Wednesday that it was investigators reviewing an inmate’s death, not prison officials, who denied access to key evidence needed to conduct the autopsy.

Johnny Lee Lewis, 55, was determined to have committed suicide in his cell May 5 by placing a plastic bag over his head and securing it with a belt around his neck. The inmate had a history of mental illness.

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