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Autopsy report sheds new light on murder
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Investigators are learning new information about the circumstances surrounding the murder of a Dallas businessman found dead in rural Jefferson County.
Jefferson County investigators said Arthur Christopher Harmon and Yiannis Mihail met Kevin Moyer of Dallas online, through a social media site for homosexuals.
"No one deserves to be murdered. I mean he's a son, he's a brother, he's a friend. That's the thing is these people are being charged with homicide," Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said. "This is something he crossed paths with three individuals that had, you know, they were willing to kill somebody."
Moyer had traveled to Beaumont for business. Investigators said three men lured Moyer to a house on Buchanan St. in Beaumont and killed him in early April during a robbery. Mihail, Harmon and Cody Lewis are in jail, each charged with his murder.
"Basically what we're looking at is that there was some traumatic injuries prior to death," Carroll said.
A preliminary autopsy report KFDM News obtained shows Moyer had marks and bruises on his neck and cuts and bruises on other parts of his body. It had begun decomposing. The manner of death is listed as homicide, the cause as ligature strangulation.
"Ligature strangulation is gonna be some kind of markings on the neck. You know they could be from hand, they could be from a device like a rope or anything else," Carroll said, anything that can obstruct an airway.
Investigators said Lewis, Harmon and Mihail took the body and dumped it off South China Rd. in rural Jefferson County. Deputies found Moyer's body April 5, naked, wrapped in a sheet in the backseat of his car.
The preliminary autopsy results shed light on how long he may have been dead.
"We're probably looking at in excess of 24 hours," Carroll said.
Now, deputies are waiting for indictments against the men charged with the killing.
"I mean this investigation hasn't stopped at this point in time, because we're trying to find out the exact motive of these gentlemen," Carroll said. "We know they were involved, we know they were there. We're trying to piece all the pieces together."
Investigators are waiting for toxicology results and the final autopsy report.