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Inmate dies while in custody at LCDC, investigation underway

Lexington, SC 03/08/2021 - A man has died while incarcerated in the Lexington County Detention Center.

The inmate has been identified as 36-year-old Leon Russell Black, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

“Lexington County deputies arrested Mr. Black Feb. 19 on a state probation violation,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He was transported to the detention center and booked in shortly after 7 a.m.”

Black was found unresponsive in his bunk inside a cell early Monday morning, according to Koon.

“In accordance with our policy, SLED is investigating Mr. Black’s death,” Koon said.

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