Autopsy confirms cause of death in man dragged across county lines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/09

Autopsy confirms cause of death in man dragged across county lines

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The autopsy is complete on the man who was beaten and dragged behind a car across county lines. Three days after the victim's body was found in a ditch near Cotton Center, authorities are still not releasing his identity.

While the victim's name has not been released, the official cause of death has - blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy began around 3 p.m. Monday. NewsChannel 11 spoke with Lamb County Sheriff, Gary Maddox Monday evening who says they believe they know who the victim is but are awaiting confirmation from fingerprint analysis. Until his identity can be confirmed authorities are not releasing the victim's name.

Authorities believe the man lived with the Mickey Dale Birchfield and Bradford Stanley Halderman in a brick house at County Road 272 and 317 in Southeast Lamb County. Both men have been arrested on homicide charges. Lamb County Sheriff's Office believes the victim was likely dead when the men he lived with, used an air hose to tie him to the back of a maroon Mercedes. The man's body was dragged along county roads and down a turn row across Hale and Lamb County lines for 3.8 miles.

Birchfield and Halderman allegedly dumped the victim's body into a 6-foot ditch. The victim's body was so mangled that it was taken to Lubbock Police Department for fingerprint analysis, which will happen first thing in the Tuesday morning.

After the victim's identity is confirmed Sheriff Maddox says once the next of kin has been notified they will release the victim's name which should be sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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8/3/09
Autopsy pending in dragging death investigation
The medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy to confirm the identity of a dead body found in Lamb County Friday night.
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