I have received numerous inquiries and many comments regarding Frederick Jermaine Carter’s death. And just as you, I wanted answers… I wanted the truth. And yes, in posting the initial picture and using words such as “lynching”, “racial crime”, and “hate”; I wanted to stir emotions and urge immediate closure to this case. I truly intended no disrespect towards Frederick Carter’s family as the picture that was available online had stated “an unidentified black male was found hanging in a tree”. However from a family member’s comment here, I decided to remove the picture from my blog. I intended on waiting for the autopsy report to become available so as not to further any unrest or cause the family any additional pain.
As reported by the Associated Press, December 07, 2010 – 10:28 am:
JACKSON, Miss. — Preliminary autopsy results indicate a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi killed himself, and authorities said Tuesday there’s no validity to an NAACP leader’s allegation that someone else was involved.
According to Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks, Frederick Carter’s family reported him as having a history of mental illness and had spent eight months in the state mental hospital in 2008, and had attempted suicide in the past, by drug overdose and cutting himself.
Both Banks and Leflore County Coroner, Debra Sanders, said Tuesday that the autopsy’s preliminary finding of suicide is consistent with what they saw at the scene.
According to Banks: Evidence indicates that Carter dragged the frame of an old table from one side of the tree to the other, propped it against the tree trunk, then tied himself to the lowest limb. The frame probably broke, possibly because Carter kicked it out from under himself. In addition, there were no other footprints by the tree.
“There is no sign that we could find whatsoever that anyone else was involved,” Banks said. “I haven’t seen anything to change my mind, and I’m looking really hard.”
In response to these findings: State Representative, Willie Perkins, a Democrat from Greenwood and president of the Leflore County branch of the NAACP, says that the group “will keep a high scrutiny and watch on any investigative report regarding what was the cause of death.”
Again, the final resulting autopsy indicates Frederick Jermaine Carter committed suicide by hanging himself… My prayers go out to this young man and his family, the people of Greenwood, the Mississippi Delta, and the nation.
Many of us have been affected by this young man’s untimely death. Many of us have been further affected by the resulting autopsy findings.