Autopsy performed for inmate found dead in J. Reuben Long cell

Norman (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Norman (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) An autopsy was performed Sunday for a man arrested early Saturday morning that later died while in the custody of Horry County law enforcement.

Horry County Spokeswomen Lisa Bourcier said officers in the booking section of J. Reuben Long Detention Center found inmate Kenneth Randy Norman, 49, unresponsive in a holding cell at approximately 3:11 pm Saturday.

Officers alerted staff medical personnel who initiated CPR and called EMS, Bourcier said. EMS transported Norman to Conway Hospital where medical staff pronounced him dead. The Horry County Coroner's Office transported Norman to Grand Strand Medical Center for an autopsy to be performed Sunday morning.

Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard with the Horry County Coroner's Office told WMBF News that nothing observed in the autopsy performed Sunday provided a preliminary cause of death, and test results are expected back in twelve weeks.

Norman was booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center by Conway Police Department Saturday morning around 3:58 a.m. for Public Drunkenness and was awaiting a bond hearing.

J. Reuben Long Detention Center protocol mandates that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) be contacted to conduct an inquiry into the death of inmates. A preliminary internal investigation has indicated that no foul play has been detected.

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