Mother hopes Chesterfield inquest brings answers


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mother of a Chesterfield man hopes a coroner' inquest will answer questions she has about her son's death.

Tyson "Lane" Lowery's death last November was ruled a suicide. But Brenda Cranford says she got a call from Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser the same day of the ruling, saying he had questions.

Kiser will present evidence to six citizens, acting as a jury, who will issue a ruling. Their decision is not legally binding, but can guide law enforcement and other authorities.

Cranford says she thinks someone other than the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office should have investigated her 34-year-old son's death because his wife had asked for a divorce and was seeing a deputy.

Neither Sheriff Sam Parker nor Lowery's wife returned phone calls Wednesday.

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