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Family doubts suicide, calls for federal investigation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The family of a man found hanging in a tree in the Mississippi Delta is calling for a federal investigation into his death. 

Relatives of 26-year-old Frederick Jermaine Carter and their attorney were joined by the Mississippi NAACP Thursday morning in Jackson. 

Family members dispute claims by authorities that Carter committed suicide. They say they have evidence he was murdered. 

Carter was found hanging in a tree December 3rd in a field near Greenwood.  

The FBI assisted the Leflore County Sheriff's Department with the investigation and found no evidence of murder. 

Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP said, "What we would like to do is to ensure there is a legitimate, full investigation is taking place. At that time, we will provide whatever information that the Carter family and their attorney have gathered up to this point, to ensure the individuals who are doing the investigation have all the documentation needed to come to a clear conclusion." 

 Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says Carter had attempted suicide before. 

The family acknowledges Carter had a history of mental problems. 

There has been no official ruling in his death.

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