Judge hears details of Clarksdale candidate's slaying

August 5, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Mississippi judge has allowed prosecutors to proceed with their case against a man charged in the death of mayoral candidate Marco McMillian.

The Press Register reports that Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster heard details of the investigation during a preliminary hearing Friday for Lawrence Reed, accused of killing McMillian.

Family of slain Miss. mayoral candidate working with Trayvon Martin attorney

May 28, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Nearly three months after the battered body of Clarksdale, Miss., mayoral candidate Marco Watson McMillian was found dumped in a field, his parents have partnered with Daryl Parks, the Florida-based civil rights attorney in the Trayvon Martin case.

On Feb. 27, Marco’s naked body was found on a levee near the Mississippi River between the towns of Sherard and Rena Lara, Miss. – some 25 miles from Clarksdale. Autopsy reports released this month revealed that the 33-year-old had been strangled, beaten, set on fire and dragged.

Desperately seeking answers, Marco’s parents, Amos and Patricia Unger, held a press conference at their home in Clarksdale this month, hoping to uncover the events leading up to their son’s death and to determine: If the suspect in custody acted alone; if Marco’s death was a hate crime because he was gay or if his death was politically motivated because he was running for mayor.