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Final autopsy report on beaten man could take six weeks

By Sonny Long
June 13, 2012 at 1:13 a.m.
Updated June 14, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.


Preliminary autopsy results indicate the man beaten to death Saturday died of blunt-force head and neck injuries, said Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Alene Lyons.

The manner of death was ruled as homicide, Lyons said.

A complete and final autopsy report from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office could take at least six weeks because toxicology reports on the deceased were also ordered, Lyons said.

The 47-year-old Gonzales man - whose name has not been released by officials, pending notification of relatives - was killed after the father of a 4-year-old girl said he caught the man molesting his daughter.

The father told police he beat the man to protect his daughter, but did not intend to kill him, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.

The death occurred Saturday afternoon in a pasture off Lavaca County Road 302 between Yoakum and Shiner.

No arrests have been made.

Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn has indicated she would turn the case over to a grand jury once the law enforcement investigation is complete.

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