UNION COUNTY — The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of an inmate at the Union County Jail Saturday morning.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports that Robert Franklin Gregory, 4186 Jonesville-Lockhart Highway, Union, was found unresponsive in a holding cell at the county jail around 5:19 a.m. Saturday. Jail officers attempted to treat Gregory with an automated defibrillator and contacted the Union County EMS for assistance in resuscitating him. EMS personnel responded but were unable to resuscitate Gregory and he was pronounced dead a short time later by Union County Deputy Coroner John Fallaw.
At the time of his death Gregory was awaiting a bond hearing on a criminal domestic violence charge.
Sheriff David Taylor said Monday that his office had notified the South Carolina Department of Corrections about Gregory’s death and that he’d asked SLED to investigate the incident.
“It’s a requirement that if you operate a jail and someone dies there they (the South Carolina Department of Corrections) have to be notified,” Taylor said. “We contacted SLED and requested that they investigate because he passed away in our facility. It would be a conflict of interest for us to investigate it.”
Taylor said an autopsy was conducted on Gregory’s body at Newberry Hospital Sunday morning. He said the results of the autopsy will be sent to SLED since it is handling the investigation. Taylor said he doesn’t know how long the investigation will take. He said that as of Monday morning he had no further information about the incident or the investigation.
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