Negligent Homicide Case Finds Dead Inmate Eaten By Bugs

Negligent Homicide Case Finds Dead Inmate Eaten By Bugs

( – The attorneys for Lashawn Thompson, a Georgia convict reportedly eaten by bugs while incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail, have disclosed the results of the inmate’s autopsy.

Dr. Roger Mitchell, a forensic pathologist, determined that Thompson died from neglect-related complications. Malnourishment, dehydration, untreated schizophrenia, and extensive body bug infestation were all important contributory reasons.

After a diagnosis of schizophrenia was made, jail officials committed Thompson to the psychiatric unit. Several horrific images have been posted online showing the purported filth in which Thompson died at the prison. Thompson was found dead in his disgusting detention cell three months after he was transferred to the psychiatric section.

At a press conference held Monday outside the Georgia State Capitol, Thompson’s family and attorneys Ben Crump and Michael Harper revealed that an independent autopsy had determined that Thompson’s death resulted from homicide.

The bill for the independent autopsy on Thompson was covered by the nonprofit organization founded by Colin Kaepernick called Know Your Rights Camp. A previous autopsy released by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office on January 12, 2023, stated Thompson’s cause of death as “undetermined,” so Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers star and social justice champion, offered to pay for an independent autopsy.

According to civil rights attorney Crump, the autopsy finding confirms that Lashawn died because of the neglect of the Fulton County Jail staff. Sadly, Thompson, 35, was awaiting trial on a misdemeanor violence allegation scheduled for June 2022.

According to documents obtained by attorney Michael Harper of the Harper Law Firm (also representing the Thompson family), detention officers and medical professionals witnessed Thompson’s deterioration while he was still alive, including an illness from bedbugs and lice on his torso, but did nothing to help.

According to Harper, Thompson was supposed to be transferred to another section of the jail, but his body was found in the cell instead.

After Thompson’s death received widespread media attention, the Fulton County Jail announced in April that it would relocate at least 600 inmates and release $500,000 in emergency coffers to address overcrowding issues.

The jail and Thompson’s death are under investigation by the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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