Fleming autopsy inconclusive

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NATCHEZ — An initial autopsy report on Frederick Fleming produced inconclusive results, Adams County Coroner James Lee said Monday.

Fleming, who died at the Adams County jail Thursday afternoon, was facing murder charges for the death of his wife, Eyevette Fleming.

The autopsy was completed Friday, but more reports, including a toxicology report, are expected soon, Lee said.

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“It’s mysterious, but there’s no conclusion (about the death),” Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.

Lee also said the attorney for the Fleming family asked that the body be held for a second, private autopsy.

Lee said additional reports might be available within two to three days.

Fleming was arrested Jan. 8 on charges of murder.

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said last week that Frederick Fleming died of apparent natural causes.

He had been on suicide watch at the jail.

“It’s mysterious, but there’s no conclusion (about the death),” Mayfield said.

Mayfield said his department would like to know how Fleming died, especially since some of his employees knew the former road department employee.

“A lot of people who knew him liked the man. They knew his kids, it’s just really tragic, and especially for the kids,” Mayfield said.

“Everybody is just kind of shocked. And this (incident) with his wife, nobody understands.”

Mayfield said his office does worry about the perception that something may have happened to Fleming while he was in custody that contributed to his death.

“That’s obviously not the case.”

Regardless, the situation is a tragedy for the family, Mayfield said.