Evidence Verifies Struggle

By  | 

Autopsy results show Michael Hargon put up a struggle before he was shot to death while his wife and their four-year-old son were strangled. The findings were made public just hours after relatives of the Hargon family arranged Friday funerals for the slain family.

Michael, Rebecca and James Patrick Hargon disappeared from their rural Yazoo County home on Valentine's Day. Their bodies were found Monday in Covington County.

Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain said the fatal wound suffered by Michael Hargon, 27, was to the head. He also suffered a broken jaw and had his front teeth knocked out, both signs that a struggle took place.

Authorities had said earlier that a .22-caliber weapon was fired at the Hargon home in the rural Vaughan community, where large amounts of blood and spent bullet casings were found.

District Attorney James Powell said later that while investigators were convinced Michael Hargon had died at the scene, they were unsure whether Rebecca Hargon, 29, and their son, James Patrick, were alive when abducted.

Earnest Lee Hargon, a former cattle truck driver and Michael Hargon's cousin, is charged with capital murder in the deaths.