If the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department knows anything about the circumstances that led to the death of civil rights leader T. Anthony Spearman – and it certainly does – the department is still saying absolutely nothing about it.
Eight months after the fact and after an autopsy from the NC Medical Examiner’s Office has been released to the public, the Sheriff’s Department has nothing to add.
The state medical examiner determined, in the autopsy released this week, that Spearman’s death was a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound – but it did not shed any light whatsoever on what led Spearman, a 71-year-old reverend, to take his own life.
In July 2022, the department began an investigation of the death and the strange series of events that led up to it.
Since that time, the department has released no information.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Rhino Times asked if the Sheriff’s Department could shed any light at all regarding where that investigation stood.
Later in the day, Sheriff’s Department Communications Specialist Bria Evans sent the following response via email. Here is the reply in its entirety: “At this time, the GCSO [Guilford County Sheriff’s Office] does not have a comment regarding the Spearman case,”
Last summer, when Spearman died, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department release stated only that sheriff’s deputies responded to 4246 Farlow Dr. in Greensboro “in reference to a death investigation” in response to a 911 call at 5:08 p.m. regarding a 71-year-old found deceased in his residence.
“This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time,” that brief press release from the Sheriff’s Department stated.
The “at this time” part of the statement seems to suggest that information would be released at a later date, but that is looking more and more unlikely.