Memphis group seeks answers in Mississippi hanging - - Jackson, MS

Memphis group seeks answers in Mississippi hanging

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A civil rights group based in Memphis, Tenn., is looking into the hanging death of a black man in Leflore County, Miss.

The body of Frederick Jermaine Carter was found hanging from a tree Dec. 3. Officials say a preliminary autopsy report indicated Carter killed himself.

More information is being sought by Wendol Lee, president of Operation Help Civil Rights Group. Lee says black residents in Greenwood and Leflore County petitioned his group. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has raised questioned about the death.

Sheriff Ricky Banks has said Carter suffered from mental illness. Banks was awaiting a toxicology report from the state Crime Lab.

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