Mississippi man charged with sexual battery found dead inside Vicksburg home

Published 6:22 am Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A man accused of sexual battery was found dead inside his Vicksburg home on Monday.

Marshall Smith, 81, who was accused of having sex with a juvenile, died Monday at his home on Hoxie Road, Deputy Warren County Coroner Ron Regan said.

Regan said he received a call about 8:05 a.m. Monday and pronounced Smith dead at Smith’s home. The body was sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for an autopsy, which is the standard procedure, he said.

“I saw nothing outwardly suspicious and he had some underlying health problems,” Regan said.

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Smith was arrested July 29 on a charge of one count of sexual battery of a child under the age of 16. He was out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

Smith was arrested after deputies executed a search warrant on his home. Officials said the victim was not a relative of Smith’s but did not release other information in the case.