SC Officials Investigate Sex Crime Convict’s Death
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of 49-year-old inmate serving a 20-year sentence for criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The state Corrections Department said Monday it is routine for SLED to investigate possible homicides. The prison agency and SLED would not provide details of the death of Ricky Cooper of Graniteville. He was found Saturday morning in a common area in front of a shower near the cell. The Corrections Department said SLED was notified as soon as Cooper’s body was found.