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Autopsy awaited on man allegedly hurt by son

By Clyde L. Stancil
DAILY Staff Writer

cstancil@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Investigators will wait for a complete autopsy report before they determine if an elderly Moulton man died from a beating, allegedly by his son, Moulton police said.

They have a preliminary report, but want to know if pre-existing conditions contributed to Cecil McLemore's death.

"The main thing is getting medical records so we'll know what we have," Moulton police investigator Capt. Damon Morgan said.

McLemore, 72, died Oct. 5 at Huntsville Hospital, two weeks after his son allegedly beat him outside the elder man's home.

Connie Ray McLemore, 43, of 16540 Alabama 24, lives on his father's property.

Morgan said the two men argued over property and it escalated into a physical confrontation.

Police charged the younger man with domestic violence shortly after the Sept. 20 incident. He is out of jail on $1,000 bond.

Investigators and prosecutors could make a decision about whether to upgrade charges based on the findings of doctors at the state Department of Forensic Sciences lab.

Doctors there will review Cecil McLemore's medical records for pre-existing conditions.

Cecil McLemore's friends said doctors removed his spleen and a kidney the day after his son beat him.

They said he never regained consciousness after the operation.

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