Mississippi man dies following fight at family gathering

Published 10:03 am Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Authorities are investigating the circumstances behind the death of a Mississippi man following a fight at a family gathering.

The Panolian reports that Michael Sanford, 57, died at his residence on Greg Taylor Road in Courtland on Wednesday, Dec. 27, shortly after a fight with his brother-in-law at a family gathering.

Anthony Fitzgerald Fondren, 55, of Pope, was taken into custody for questioning. He was released without charges after interviews with investigators, but officials report that the case will be presented to the next term of Grand Jury.

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Deputies recovered no weapons from the scene, and reports indicate that Fondren did not strike the deceased with any object.

Investigators believe more will be learned from the results of an autopsy and a ruling on the cause of death from the state’s Medical Examiner’s office.