Thursday, October 27, 2005

Investigation remains open in man’s death pending autopsy

Staff Writer

Marshall County Coroner John Garrison has ordered an autopsy following the death of a man living in the Barton area, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

Sheriff’s deputies and Dickerson found Johnny F. Medlin, 49, of Minton Road, dead behind the wheel of a white Cadillac in front of his residence Monday afternoon. Dickerson said the investigation into Medlin’s death remains open, but suicide is suspected.

“Medlin was obviously deceased upon our arrival from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head,” Dickerson said. “A large caliber semi-automatic handgun was in his right hand with the hammer cocked.”

The sheriff said Medlin had a cigarette between the fingers of his left hand which had burned out. He was also wearing a shoulder holster under his coat.

“Medlin was a known gun collector and he had a license to carry a firearm,” Dickerson said.

“The county medical examiner was called to the scene and after a discussion among the officers present, myself and Mr. Garrison, it was decided the body would be taken to Jackson for an autopsy.

“However, preliminary indications and opinions of all the officers present, myself and the medical examiner, are that we believe the death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the sheriff said. “The investigation will remain open pending study of the autopsy findings and any additional information we receive in an effort to make an exact determination of the cause of death.”

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