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Coroner: Massive head injuries killed missing man


HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An autopsy has determined that Benny Johnston died of blunt force trauma to the head. The results of Johnston's autopsy were released to the media on Thursday afternoon.

According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Johnston died last Thursday, the day family members first reported him missing. His body was discovered on Monday night in a wooded area off Highway 49 in Covington County. That spot is almost 100 miles from Johnston's Biloxi home.

Investigators say 27-year old Sean Merritt and 25-year old Brian Bradshaw face murder charges for the slaying of Johnston.

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