Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the cause and manner of death for Mr. Bernice Junior Smith, III.
Fisher stated that Smith was apprehended by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department during a warrant service on Aug. 9, Mr. Smith became unresponsive after apprehension and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
A forensic autopsy was performed on Aug. 11, at MUSC in Charleston. Though autopsy results and any details are not released due to HIPPA and privacy, the cause and manner of death of a person is considered public information under the Freedom of Information Act.
The cause of death for Mr. Bernice Junior Smith, III was determined by the pathologist at MUSC in Charleston to be multi-drug toxicity, and the manner of death will be ruled by Coroner Fisher as accidental.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division continues to investigate this case.