Black Man’s Hanging a Suicide, Judge Rules

From Times Wire Reports

A black man who was found hanging from a tree by a bedsheet committed suicide, a judge ruled after a rare public inquest prompted by rumors that the death was a lynching.

Circuit Judge Harold Cohen said police and medical examiner reports showed no signs of a struggle or a crime before the May death in Belle Glade of Feraris “Ray” Golden, 32.

Although some family members admit they now see suicide as “possible,” the ruling failed to quell suspicions among blacks in this rural, largely segregated town of 15,000.