Inmate’s death ruled suicide

An inmate at the Johnson County jail committed suicide earlier this month by swallowing an unknown amount of toilet paper, officials said.

James Wilkerson, 42, of 420 Shady Brook Heights, Greenwood, died on Saturday at Johnson Memorial Hospital. An autopsy was done Monday. Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said Wilkerson died of asphyxiation of a foreign object and ruled the death a suicide.

Wilkerson had been at the jail since April 29 after he was arrested on a felony charge of drug dealing. On May 13, correctional officers found Wilkerson unresponsive in his cell, where he was housed alone, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office news release said.

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