OH county to review writings in boy’s 2006 hanging

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Almost seven years after a black teenager died in a hanging at an Ohio church camp, Logan County authorities have granted a family lawyer’s request to review a coroner’s ruling of suicide.

Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee said Tuesday in an email that he plans to submit writing samples to a state crime lab from the boy, James McCoy III, and a witness who recently invoked the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in an ongoing wrongful death suit.

Goslee says he doesn’t see the witness’s decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment as evidence McCoy fell victim to an asphyxiation prank resembling a lynching, as the boy’s mother has alleged.

Her lawyer Cliff Arnebeck asked the U.S. Justice Department to review the case Monday, based on the county’s reconsideration.

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