Investigation: No evidence NC teen’s hanging was homicide


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it found no evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges in the case of a black teenager whose body was found in a Bladenboro trailer park, hanging from a swing set by a dog leash and a belt that didn’t belong to him.

In a news release Thursday, federal officials said they met Thursday with the family of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy to inform them of the decision.

The federal investigation began after his family and the NAACP raised doubts about the official finding that Lacy died by suicide in the August 2014 hanging in the small town about 100 miles south of Raleigh.

The U.S. Justice Department said it found no evidence that Lacy’s death was a homicide so the investigation has been closed.

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