HANCOCK COUNTY -- Aggravated-assault charges against three Kiln brothers have been dropped while sheriff's office investigators try to determine who is responsible for the May death of Lester Bosarge, 75.
Hancock County sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Friday officials are awaiting an autopsy report before going forward in the case.
Since the 2015 death of forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry, who conducted most of the autopsies on the Coast, autopsies must be conducted in Jackson, officials said.
"Right now, there is no aggravated assault," Grannan said. "It's a homicide."
In May, authorities arrested Ferlin, Timothy and Cartis Bosarge on aggravated assault (domestic violence) charges after their father had been badly beaten at the family's property on Dogwood Ridge Road.
Lester Bosarge died a few days after he was beaten.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said last week Lester Bosarge died of "blunt-force trauma" to the head.
The three brothers have offered differing accounts of what happened, officials said.
"We are working hard to get to the bottom of it," Grannan said. "Just because we dropped the aggravated-assault charges does not mean someone is not going to get charged with murder."