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Inmate, 21, dies at Durham detention center

Posted March 18, 2013

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— A 21-year-old inmate died at the Durham County Detention Center last Thursday, the sheriff's office announced Monday.

Detention staffers found Terry Demetrius Lee unconscious in his cell at about 2:20 p.m. They performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Paramedics tried to revive him for an extended time, but their efforts were unsuccessful, and Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. His body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for examination.

Lee was booked into the jail early Wednesday on several felony charges, and he was being held under a $1,000,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

“My thoughts are with the Lee family, and I’m very sorry for their loss,” Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement. “My office is conducting an investigation surrounding Mr. Lee’s death, and we have notified the SBI, which is standard procedure.”

Lee was previously in the news in 2008 after a tip to the Fox 50 show, NC Wanted, led to his arrest. The then-16-year-old was accused of robbing and shooting a man

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  • Dan Cooper Mar 22, 2013

    Update this story or remove it

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 21, 2013

    Thank you for posting your experience, @eyaburgess. Unfortunately, many folks here just see someone as 100% good or 100% bad. On or off. Forever.

    And if you stick around for a while, you'll see calls for the death penalty for even minor offenses of the law (which, in their eyes, can never be wrong).

    I know that I do not know, but that doesn't stop the binary mentality of some folks.

  • 426X3 Mar 18, 2013

    Durham County better prepare for the lawsuit.

  • bluewind Mar 18, 2013

    Sorry for his family, but we'll never know who has been saved by his death...You aren't in jail with a million dollar bond for no reason...

  • ctechic2004 Mar 18, 2013

    "Terry D. Lee was somebody important"

    That's the sad thing. No, he was not important but he could have been.

    Relic-
    He may not have been important to you, but he was important to his family regardless of his circumstance...

  • Relic Mar 18, 2013

    "Terry D. Lee was somebody important"

    That's the sad thing. No, he was not important but he could have been.

  • eyaburgess Mar 18, 2013

    I taught this young man and saw some potential in him. Even with all the negativity that is surrounded him right; Terry D. Lee was somebody important. My heart is sad that I was not able to do more for him.

  • Obamacare rises Mar 18, 2013

    Someone got to him on the inside.

  • stymieindurham Mar 18, 2013

    "Maybe I am wrong , but this kinda stuff just does not happen on it's own."

    ----Yes it does.

  • Red Green Mar 18, 2013

    "Maybe I am wrong , but this kinda stuff just does not happen on it's own." R_U_Nuts

    Yup, you're wrong.

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