MEMPHIS, Tenn,--The accused killer of Clarksdale Mayoral candidate Marco McMillan is coming back to Mississippi to face charges in the case. Twenty-two-year-old Lawrence Reed was in court Monday and told a Memphis judge he did not have a lawyer. Reed is accused of taking McMillan's SUV and crashing it near the Coahoma and Tallahatchie County line last week. McMillan's body was later found near the Mississippi River.
The family has told media they do not believe the killing was a random act due to the condition of the body. They sent News Mississippi this statement:
This is a very difficult time for us, the family of Marco Watson McMillian of Clarksdale, Mississippi, as we have lost our beloved son, family member, and friend. In this time of our great loss, we want to thank everyone for their words of comfort and support.
We know that Marco was brutally murdered. His body was found on Wednesday, February 26, 2013, beaten, dragged and burned (set afire). This was reported in our meeting with the local coroner on two occasions. We were informed that the official autopsy report could take two to four weeks to complete. We feel that this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found. Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.
We are asking that a full and thorough investigation be conducted into the tragic death of Marco. We feel it is important to share this information to dispel speculations surrounding his death.
Marco, was loved by his family and a valued member of the Clarkdale community, as he offered himself to serve this community as mayor. He was actively campaigning to improve the quality of life for the citizens in his beloved hometown. Marco had shared with his family and close friends that he was very concerned for his personal safety. We will missed our beloved son and family member.
McMillan was gay, but authorities are not prosecuting the case as a hate crime.