Black man found hanging from a tree after police question him about White woman’s death

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A Black man in a small Georgia town was found hanging from a tree. According to reports by WXIA, Roosevelt Champion III, 43, was discovered hanging from a tree in Greensboro, Georgia, on the morning of May 11.

Shortly after 11 a.m., someone noticed Champion’s motionless body hanging from a tree in someone’s backyard. He was pronounced dead once authorities arrived.   

During the initial examination of Champion’s body, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said there weren’t any wounds or cuts that would suggest a struggle before he died. His arms and legs were not bound.

However, some are suspicious of Champion’s death due to his recent circumstances. In the past two weeks, Champion had been questioned by police in regard to the murder of a White woman, Carol Lewis, 55. GBI officials said that Champion was not going to be charged in Lewis’ murder.

Champion had several run-ins with the law prior to his death, but his friends and family members don’t believe there was any reason for him to commit suicide.

An autopsy will be conducted today to determine Champion’s exact cause of death.

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