AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after an inmate was found dead in his cell at the Aiken County Detention Center Friday.
Derek D. Simpkins, 31, of Graniteville, S.C., was found unresponsive in his cell around 11:35 a.m. when meals were being served, according to the Aiken County Coroner's Office.
EMS was notified, and deputies and onsite medical staff provided care until EMS arrived, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. EMS pronounced the inmate dead at the scene.
The inmate did have a history of medical issues, according to the sheriff's office.
An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday in Newberry, S.C. A preliminary investigation does not suspect foul play.