Toxicology report released for deceased N.C. inmate | News

Toxicology report released for deceased N.C. inmate



A toxicology report released Monday by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner offered no insight into the still unexplained death of Michael Anthony Kerr, a 54-year-old North Carolina inmate who died en route to Raleigh's Central Prison in March.

Monday's report found no traces of various drugs such as cocaine, opiates and ethanol in Kerr's body.

A pending autopsy report is expected to offer greater detail on why Kerr, a felon with a history of mental illness, died after he spent a month in isolation at a prison facility in Taylorsville. Seven prison workers have been dismissed since Kerr's death, and another 20 employees have been given written warnings or coachings as the N.C. Department of Public Safety conducts an internal investigation.

Disability Rights N.C. and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are conducting their own probes as well, although no one has released the findings of their investigation as of Tuesday.

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