Newberry inmate found dead in cell

December 9, 2013

NEWBERRY — A Newberry County Detention Center inmate was found dead in his cell Friday afternoon as a result of an apparent suicide.

Alvin Wayne Ramsey Jr., 25, of 3135 Pricilla St. in Newberry, was found during a routine check of the cells. Detention center personnel and medical staff attempted to preform CPR without success. Ramsey was in a cell alone.

The State Law Enforcement Division was called to the scene and will handle the investigation into the incident.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said that the cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging.

Ramsey came into the Newberry County Detention Center after being charged by the Newberry City Police Department with petit larceny on Dec. 5. A routine records check showed that Ramsey was also wanted in Colleton County on a bench warrant for driving under suspension.