Controversy surrounding Tchula death investigation, family says

TCHULA, Miss. (WJTV) – A Tchula family is looking for answers in the death of their loved one who they say was beaten to death.

A fourth person is now in custody who authorities believe to be involved in a Tchula, Mississippi beating. Police and family of 44-year-old Clarence Blue say he was severely beaten to death, but an autopsy report says he died of a heart attack.

Essie blue says she’s been living in a nightmare since her son died. As tears begin to fall, the distraught mother recalls the night she says she found her 44-year-old son, Clarence Blue outside, in a puddle of blood, left for dead.

“He was beat to death, you hear me? Everywhere I put my hand, it was a soft dent and I touched him right up here and this shrunk in, you hear me”, Blue’s mother, Essie Blue said.

This is why blue cannot understand why this autopsy report says there was no evidence of assault or trauma. It says Blue died of heart complications.

We stopped by the Tchula police department to get answers into the investigation. As we were walking in, police were escorting 20-year-old Avon Coffer into a squad car.

“He is one of the suspects involved in the Clarence Blue beating according to sources and a certain amount of evidence”, said Tchula’s police chief, Kenneth Hampton.

Evidence like the blood stained parking lot in front of Blue’s home. Neighbors tell us this has shaken them to the core.

“It’s not the same because this happened right here at your front door. It’s not the same. You normally go from house to house like when it gets dark, you can’t do it now because you don’t know who did it to him. You know what I’m saying? You don’t know”, said Shirley Love, friend of Blue.

They took his life, Blues mother said.

WJTV reached out to the medical examiner’s office for a comment. We are still waiting for their response.

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