STOKES: Who killed the Mayor? - - Jackson, MS

STOKES: Who killed the Mayor?

It's been almost a week since former Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died from what Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart dubbed natural causes. However, that's not enough to satisfy Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes.

His question posed over the weekend continues to resonate even now: was Lumumba's death caused by someone else? "Who killed the mayor?" Stokes asked during a concert celebrating Lumumba on Saturday. "I'm [gonna] keep saying it."

Stokes said he questions what the Hinds County Coroner already ruled.

"First they said it was a heart attack, then they said, ‘That's not natural causes.'"

While Stokes believes Lumumba was killed, it's unclear what evidence would support that claim. The Jackson Police Department says it is not looking into the mayor's death. Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said that's because the coroner already ruled on the matter.

"At this point, there's nothing to indicate otherwise," said Jackson Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance. "If someone has some other information, facts, a set of circumstances that would indicate foul play, we would investigate that."

Since expressing his opinion Saturday, Stokes has not released any facts to support his claim.

Last Tuesday, Lumumba went to St. Dominic after complaining of chest pains. By 4:55 p.m., he was pronounced dead.

City officials cited his health as a concern in recent months. Lumumba himself told 3 On Your Side in July he had a bout with prostate cancer in 2000.

Stokes, however, doesn't buy it. "We need to know!" Stokes declared to the crowd. We contacted Stokes Monday afternoon. He said he would elaborate further on his statement later this week.

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