COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina)- The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) announced that 45-year-old Lee Mikeal Cawthon was found dead in his cell on Tuesday morning.

The SCDC Office of Investigations and Intelligence, and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division are investigating the death as a suspected suicide. According to officials, an autopsy will be performed. 

Cawthon pled guilty to the 2017 murder of his wife. We covered that story as it broke in 2018.

Previously: 'I made a terrible mistake' - Oconee Co. man pleads guilty to wife's murder

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