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.
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.