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McMillian autopsy report ruled homicide

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

An autopsy report for 33-year-old Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral hopeful Marco McMillian, made available for the first time May 3, ruled his death a homicide.

Mr. McMillian's body was found in February along the Mississippi River in an isolated area in Coahoma County, Miss.

READ Marc McMillian's autopsy report: http://content.foxtvmedia.com/whbq/marcomcmillianautopsyreport.PDF

The16-page autopsy report reveals that Mr. McMillian's died from asphyxiation as well as from beating and burning. This goes along with what the family said happened to him prior to this report being released.

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The report indicates on the first page that Mr. McMillian was found in the edge of the woods off Levee and High water Roads, unclothed.

Officials scraped fingernails and used a sexual assault kit on the victim to compare to a suspect. Detailed images and reports showed there were multiple areas of second- and third-degree burning and multiple areas of blunt force trauma.

The report goes on that they can't determine if the burns occurred before or after Mr. McMillian died. Hemorrhaging in his right eye and multiple contusions on his tongue led them to believe he was strangled.

The report did find levels of alcohol and marijuana were inside Mr. McMillian's blood but it does not link that to his cause of death.

The medical report also pointed out the victim had abrasions on his knees "consistent with a drag type injury."

The report says a man sent to The MED in Memphis, Tenn., following a car crash in Tallahatchie County admitted to killing McMillian, but it did not give a name. In March, 22-year-old Lawrence Reed was charged with McMillian's murder.

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