Mississippi man beaten to death, investigators search for clues, attempt to quell rumors

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Mississipi police are seeking suspects in a beating that led to a man’s death.

The victim, Michael Gaines, was assaulted Friday night in Panola County, investigators said. Gaines died Monday night.

Details of exactly what occurred in the incident have not been revealed.

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Investigators say they’re still investigating the assault, but said lots of rumors flying in the community are false.

“The sheriff’s department has gotten multiple calls about a group of people that are attacking motorists and that is simply not the case,” District Attorney John Champion said.

Champion said investigators believe no weapon was used in the attack.