Autopsy: Inmate hung himself inside prison

The Associated Press

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LAURINBURG — An autopsy report says an inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree murder hanged himself inside a high-security North Carolina prison.

A report released by the State Medical Examiner's Office concludes that Ronald L. Goodman III died as the result of a self-inflicted hanging. The report says the 32-year-old inmate's body was found Oct. 18 hanging from a shoe string tied to the back of a door inside the prison canteen at Scotland Correctional Institution.

Goodman was convicted in the April 2000 shooting of 30-year-old Kenneth Highsmith after the two had argued over drugs. Authorities said Goodman had been denied parole shortly before his suicide.

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