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Judge dies following medical episode while driving

Leesa W. Inabinet

The Laurens Police Department said a medical episode led to the death of Laurens County Chief Magistrate Leesa Inabinet Friday afternoon.

A text from LPD Chief Chrissie Cofield said that Inabinet was driving on U.S. Highway 221 North at Chestnut Extension when the episode occurred around 1:30 p.m. Inabinet pulled to the side of the road and lost consciousness. Afterward, her vehicle rolled into a ditch.

No other vehicles were involved.

Inabinet was pronounced dead at Laurens County Memorial Hospital.

The incident remains under investigation by the LPD and the Laurens County Coroner’s Office.

Inabinet was named Chief Magistrate of Laurens County in February of 2016. She also served as a magistrate in Greenwood and Ninety Six during her career.


  1. Darlene on May 31, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    That is so sad. Prayers for the family and our community.

  2. Dr. Jean P. Blackley on June 1, 2019 at 10:29 am

    So saddened about Leesa’s death.
    Knew her for several years and she was a truly wonderful person . She will be greatly missed.

  3. Margaret Ellison on June 2, 2019 at 11:49 am

    She used to sit by me in Sunday school she will be greatly missed

  4. Margaret Ellison on June 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

    She will be greatly missed

  5. CAROL GALLIMORE on June 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I got to know Leesa in 1994 as I had moved to south Carolina to run a finance company. She was a beautiful person and a friend. Her death has saddened my heart. And my condolences goes out to her family. May God strengthen you all and through this difficult time.

  6. April Drankiewicz on June 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    What a wonderful lady! She and her husband Dennis, Susan and Leland Madden, my husband and I were the best of friends. We all would go to one another’s homes, out on the lake or a night out at Luckys! The Fantastic Six!! We had a amazing times together! Our last New Years together we all spent st Leland and Susan’s and sang songs and reminisced about all our wonderful times together! I’ll cherish that!

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