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Deceased detention center inmate identified by coroner

An inmate who died Jan. 12 at the Laurens County Detention Center was identified Thursday morning by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office.

Deputy Coroner Bill Williams identified the deceased as Gary F. Kinner, 47, of Greenville.

According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Kinner was discovered dead around 7:40 a.m. in his cell. The LCSO said Kinner had a existing health conditions.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating the death, and the LCSO has no further comment on the case as it is an active investigation.



  1. Kimberley miller on January 19, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    That jail needs to be investigated I was there 6 day and it is inhumane the lady’s they put down stares and once you down there no one comes except to feed you they want check on there in mates there was a lady very sick and after 2 days of us trying to tell them they finely took her to a hospital and she was hospitalized I don’t no what happened to her after . The cops there do not Care for you once you there it’s over it’s nasty when I left there was a cop wanting to come to Pickens because he didn’t approve of way jail was run for in mates .

  2. Amanda Hales on January 20, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    This is one of my best friends, sure he had existing health issues, but he was not the type to just roll over and die, he would put up a fight, try to get help, how else would he have been aware of his health issues? He looked for help to find out what was wrong with him. So, no, I’m not surprised this happened in a place that only offers barley bare minimum for health care, and poor health care at that. However, I can’t imagine that my friend didn’t plea for help, so the fact that he died in jail instead of the hospital appalls me very much so. The other alarming fact of all this is he was found dead at 7:40 am, do y’all not do 15 mins rounds to check on the inmates? How long was he dead?? Y’all couldn’t have done anything for him?? He didn’t try asking for help? This is one of my best friends, he may have not been the greatest citizen in the world, but to those he loved, he’d go and get the world for! My heart goes out to his son, as I’m sorry I can’t be there right now, but know you are very loved!

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