Family of Murdered Clarksdale Politician Wants FBI to Investigate

Family of Murdered Clarksdale Politician Wants FBI to Investigate

Marco McMillian's family isn't convinced Lawrence Reed is the only killer. They're pleading with the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office to dig deeper.
CLARKSDALE, MS (abc24.com) - He may be dead but his family is refusing to let his story die.

Former Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was murdered in February. Deputies arrested Lawrence Reed after he confessed to the killing.

McMillian's family isn't convinced Reed is the only killer. They're pleading with the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office to dig deeper.

Marco McMillian's mother still can't talk publicly about her son's murder, but she's angry.

"This mother has gotten not one phone call from the sheriff updating her on the investigation," says lawyer Daryl Parks. Patricia Unger hired the civil rights attorney to try and get answers.

"How can the sheriff have an investigation if you don't come talk to his family about what Marco was doing, where was he going?" Parks asks.

Unger wrote the Coahoma County Sheriff a letter last week asking for information on her son's death. She's gotten no response.

Deputies arrested Lawrence Reed in March after he confessed to killing McMillian. Reed says he strangled him.

"We don't believe this one person did it alone," Parks tells abc24.com. McMillian's family thinks there's more to the story. "The autopsy report brings up a lot of questions that are unanswered."

"We will not allow it to be a piss poor investigation that disrespects a family," says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

McMillian was openly gay. His family believes his sexual orientation or his campaign for Clarksdale mayor could have led to his murder.

"The politics involved probably played some role in his death," Parks says.

The family questions if sheriff investigators have looked into either option.

Lawyers are asking the FBI to step in.

"This investigation is questionable. We need the resources of the FBI. It's been two months now and the sheriff has said nothing."

We asked Coahoma Sheriff Charles Jones for comment, but were told nobody at the department had anything to say.
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