A 22-year-old Mississippi man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., officials said.
Lawrence Reed of Shelby, a resident of Clarksdale, was charged with murder, the Coahoma County sheriff’s office announced on Thursday.
There was no immediate indication of a possible motive.
The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found near a Mississippi River levee about 15 miles from Clarksdale, in the southwest part of Coahoma County at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Authorities said they had been searching for McMillian for about 24 hours, after his SUV had been involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. McMillian was not in his SUV at the time, prompting the search.
Reed was the driver of the SUV. He was taken to Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Tenn., where he was listed in good condition Thursday morning, a spokeswoman told The Times.