Inmate dies at York County Detention Center, SLED investigating

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 28, 2014 

Leonard Daniel Savercool Jr.

COURTESY OF ROWAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— A York County jail inmate collapsed and died Sunday while speaking on the phone, the York County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating how Leonard Daniel Savercool Jr. died while in jail on petty larceny and entering premises after warning charges, according to a sheriff’s news release. SLED investigates the death of anyone who dies while in the custody of law enforcement.

Savercool, of Salisbury N.C., was arrested Friday by the Fort Mill Police Department. A jail officer found him on the floor unconscious and not breathing.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Savercool during this difficult time,” the release states.

Savercool’s death does not appear to be suicide or the result of foul play, Coroner Sabrina Gast said. He did not suffer from any significant traumatic or physical injuries on his body, she said.

He had been on the phone talking when he collapsed, Gast said. She has requested toxicology tests from SLED. His autopsy was performed Monday, but Gast was not ready to list a cause of death.

North Carolina court records show Savercool in 2013 was convicted of fraudulent disposal of mortgage property and resisting a public officer. A year earlier, he was convicted of misdemeanor larceny.

The last in-custody death reported at the York County Detention Center was in October, when Joshua Grose, a 34-year-old double-murder suspect, apparently committed suicide by banging his head against a wall while strapped into a restraint chair.

More than a month earlier, William Blinn died in the York County jail after investigators say he hanged himself with a bed sheet.

Rachel Southmayd contributed.

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