Roosevelt Champion III, a black man, was found hanging from a tree in Georgia. Local authorities have stated that Champion’s death was a suicide, but now the feds have launched a probe into the hanging.
The Georgia man found hanging from a tree was found by a passerby. Roosevelt Champion III, 43, lives in Greensboro. The town is located approximately 80 miles east of Atlanta. Champion’s feet were touching the ground and his knees were buckled, according to Joe Wooten, the special agent in charge of the hanging probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
“The results of the autopsy are that the manner of death is suicide, and the cause of death is hanging,” a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said. ” After a thorough autopsy examination, there was no evidence of any inflicted trauma to Champion’s body.”
Not long before his death, Roosevelt Champion III was reportedly interviewed by police in connection to the death of a woman named Carol Lewis. Any connection between Champion and Lewis remains unclear. Special Agent Wooten would not comment or speculate about any possible connection between the deaths of the two Georgia residents.
Roosevelt Champion’s mother and sisters told the Daily Beast that he was being questioned in the death “of a white woman” and expressed doubt that the hanging was a suicide.
Wooten also said that he understands that “there’s a lot of concern” about the Roosevelt Champion III hanging, when it was noted by reporters that the deceased was a black man found “hanging in the South.”
“We’re going to be as transparent as we can,” the special agent in charge said. “There’s no other way to be.”
Roosevelt Champion had recently started a new job building a sea wall on Lake Oconee, according to his family. Johnson said that her brother had cooperated with police each time they questioned him about the death of Carol Lewis, noting that he went on his own to the station each time they called.
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