Mayoral candidate McMillian (left) and accused killer Reed
Autopsy Report: Suspect Admitted Killing Miss. Mayoral Hopeful

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com May 04 2013 11:30 AM ET

An autopsy report on the death of a gay Mississippi politician says he died from lack of oxygen and that the man charged with his murder admitted to killing him.

Clarksdale mayoral hopeful Marco McMillian “died from a lack of oxygen, but exactly what caused that could not be determined,” the Associated Press reports today. The document from state medical examiner Mark LeVaughn was dated Wednesday.

“Additional autopsy findings that most likely contributed to his death are multiple areas of blunt force trauma to the head that are consistent with a beating,” LeVaughn wrote. He also said suspect Lawrence Reed “admitted to killing” McMillian and leaving his body near a Mississippi River levee.

McMillian’s body was found February 27, a day after Reed crashed the candidate’s SUV. The medical examiner’s report also notes there were abrasions, lacerations, and burns on McMillian’s body. Read more here.