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Prison Inmate Told Chaplain He Was Not Suicidal Prior To Hanging

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction/Associated Press

Records show an Ohio prisoner convicted of killing five people including a Bible studies teacher in Shelby County told a prison chaplain he wasn't suicidal before apparently hanging himself.  Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a records request show that Lawrence Michael Hensley had discussed with the chaplain whether his decision to turn down medical treatment for cancer was equivalent to suicide. The records show the chaplain assured Hensley in the June 16 conversation that his decision didn't fit a Biblical definition of suicide.  Records indicate Hensley assured the chaplain he wasn't considering killing himself.  The 46-year-old Hensley was found hanged in his cell at the Ohio State Penitentiary five days later.   Hensley killed three teenage girls and the Bible teacher in 1999 and a fellow prisoner, 24-year-old Brad Hamlin, at the state prison in Toledo in 2012.

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