MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Nearly six months after the death of wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler, his father Jerry Lawler is still struggling to get answers about how he died in jail.
Brian Lawler would have been 47 years old on Thursday, Jan. 10.
Six months after his death, his father still does not know exactly what happened. He and his attorney are exploring the possibility of a civil lawsuit.
"I used to hate the word closure, but I guess what you want out of this is to find out what really happened,” Jerry said.
Six months later, Jerry still does not know exactly what happened to his son Brian after a fight in the Hardeman County Jail ended in what was called a suicide in an isolation cell.
Brian allegedly hung himself with his shoe strings, later dying at the Regional Medical Center.
“Six months I think is enough time that we should be able to have heard something from the TBI,” Jerry said. “We’ve really heard nothing.”
Jerry has hired attorney Jeff Rosenblum to explore the possibility of a civil rights lawsuit against the Hardeman County Jail.
Rosenblum is doing his own investigation and has already talked with former inmates and others.
He has a plan to get the records from the Hardeman County jail and the TBI by making Jerry the overseer of his son's estate, so subpoenas can be issued for the records.
Rosenblum also plans to take a look at why the jail said security cameras, which would have shown what happened, were not working.
"We’re not only not going to accept their word for it, we’re going to go back and look at their server and have forensic technologists, experts look at deleted materials,” Rosenblum said.
Jerry has a kind of shrine to his son, a WWE wrestler who used the name Grand Master Sexay.
Wrestlers sent photos of them and Brian along with ornaments they made.
There’s also a new wrestling belt with the initials GMS for Grand Master Sexay.
Jerry knows he can’t get Brian back, but he just wants answers.
“You want to find out what really happened and at this point we just don’t know,” Jerry said. “That’s the whole terrible part of this case.”
WMC5 contacted the TBI, who said in a statement the investigation is ongoing and investigators are awaiting the autopsy results.