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Attorneys for Sutherland Family Release Statement on Amended Death Certificate

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On Tuesday, the Charleston County Coroner’s Office amended Jamal Sutherland’s death certificate to classify his manner of death as a homicide. Sutherland died on January 5th while in custody at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

In response to this news, Attorneys Mark A. Peper and Gary Christmas issued the following statement on behalf of the Sutherland family:

“The Sutherland family has been informed by our elected Coroner, Bobbi Jo O’Neal, that following additional testing, she has determined that Jamal’s manner of death is best deemed to be Homicide. As a result, an Amended Death Certificate dated June 8, 2021 has been issued. The family reached this same conclusion immediately upon seeing the video of his death, thus they are pleased with the amended finding and remain steadfast in their pursuit of justice for Jamal.”

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