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Inmate dies at Greenwood County Detention Center

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Demetric Cowan (Courtesy: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office) Demetric Cowan (Courtesy: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The family of an inmate who died at the Greenwood County jail is expected to hold a news conference about the death investigation Wednesday.

Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox identified the inmate as Demetric Desmond Cowan, 38, of Greenwood.

Cowan was pronounced dead at 4:17 a.m. Sunday. 

Cowan was booked into the Greenwood County Detention Center around 10:15 p.m. Saturday after Greenwood City police charged him with resisting arrest, simple possession of marijuana and possession of ecstasy, according to a statement issued by the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office. 

Cowan began having a "medical emergency" around 4 a.m. Sunday. 

Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the jail, but they were not able to resuscitate Cowan. 

Cox said in a statement Tuesday that he could not certify the cause of Cowan's death until he has the results of a toxicology report. 

Cox said Cowan did not have visible bruises or external injuries that would suggest physical trauma contributed to his death. 

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident.

The family will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW on East Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood, according to Bruce WIlson with the Fighting Injustice Together activist group.

Wilson released the following statement on the family's behalf:

We would ask that the community please keep us in your prayers, and please stay calm and peaceful as the investigation into our love one’s death, works its way to a conclusion: We are seeking truth and not vengeance.

"Fighting Injustice Together would specifically ask that SLED extend their investigation, to include the initial arrest of Mr. Cowen," Wilson stated in an e-mail. "We are saddened and dismayed that the Coroner’s Office as felt the need to release a preliminary autopsy report to the public, before releasing it to the family.  We know that Mr. Cowan was in good health Saturday morning when he left home and by Sunday morning he was dead, and that is not a normal occurrence for a healthy man."

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