Lexington County Coroner Fisher says man thought to be beating victim died of natural causes, not ho
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said Wednesday that the man who was thought to have been severely beaten on April 3rd in the Cobbs Hill area of Lexington County died of natural causes. The elderly man was suspected of having been attacked and severely assaulted while going out to get his newspaper at approximately 5:50 a.m. After his wife located him lying where he was, he was transported to the hospital where he remained for about a week before passing away. He never regained consciousness according to published reports and was never able to make a statement to investigators.
According to Fisher’s report, an autopsy to determine the cause of death was natural. It said, “Through extensive examination and investigation, the external injuries were determined to have been nonfatal and most likely sustained when the decedent collapsed onto his driveway as a result of the natural disease process.” Coroner Fisher said she will not be releasing the decedent’s identity in consideration of his family’s wishes and because his death was not the result of unnatural circumstances.
The sheriff has had detectives working the case that they have referred to in the past as an assault.