- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Officials say a death row inmate who was awaiting a new sentence after challenging his execution order has been found dead at a Ridgeville prison.

The Post and Courier (https://bit.ly/1GEpPJ0) reports 36-year-old Jesse Sapp died at the Lieber Correctional Institution. State prisons spokeswoman Stephanie Givens says officers found Sapp’s body in his cell on Sunday. The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office did not immediately confirm details of his death.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who was fighting Sapp’s bid for a new sentence, says officials told her that the death was a suicide.

Sapp was convicted in the killing of state Trooper Jeff Johnson in 2002. Sapp’s attorneys successfully challenged his death sentence. A judge ordered a new sentencing phase due to mistakes by prosecutors in Sapp’s 2003 trial.

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