Autopsy results have revealed how the husband of a Shelby woman, who is set to be tried for murder in Lincoln County next month, died earlier this week in his Cleveland County jail cell.
Eight days after 45-year-old Dwight Stacy Justice, an overweight smoker, was convicted of felony child abuse in the death of his 2-year-old stepson Jeremiah Swafford, he was found dead inside his cell Tuesday morning.
Autopsy results from the Mecklenburg County
Coronerâ€™s Office revealed that Justice died as a result of natural causes, more specifically a brain aneurysm.
Inmates became concerned after they didnâ€™t hear Justiceâ€™s standard snoring during the night, according to The Charlotte Observer, which also reported that Swafford said she wasnâ€™t too concerned about her husbandâ€™s death but was relieved to find that Justice had received exactly what his name implied â€” justice.
He had been in jail awaiting sentencing for his felony conviction and was facing between six and 12 years behind bars, court authorities said.
His 23-year-old wife, Kathy Lynn Swafford, will also be tried in her sonâ€™s death next month in Lincoln County.Â She also faces felony child abuse as well as first-degree murder, a charge Justice was found not guilty of on Jan. 30.
Jeremiah Swafford passed away at Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte in 2009 after enduring a severe beating. Soon after, Swafford and Justice were charged with the boyâ€™s murder.
Swaffordâ€™s trial begins March 12. Bill Young is the lead prosecutor in the case.