HANCOCK COUNTY — A 75-year-old Kiln man died Tuesday after he was “brutally beaten” during a fight with three of his sons last week, sheriff’s officials said.
Lester Bosarge died about 2 p.m. in a Mobile hospital, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said.
Faulk said Bosarge suffered blunt-force trauma to the head.
His injuries occurred when he was severely beaten during an altercation with his three sons last Thursday, authorities said.
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Hancock County deputies arrested the three brothers that day after someone called 911 to report a naked man, later identified as Timothy Bosarge, running around and causing a disturbance on Dogwood Ridge Road.
Deputies found the brothers and their father in a stalled car on the family’s property. They were trying to take their father to the hospital, but the car would not start.
The father had been “brutally beaten,” Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said Friday. “He had several injuries to his head and upper body.”
He was taken by ambulance to Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport and later transported to USA Medical Center in Mobile and placed in intensive care.
The brothers and their father live on the same property but in separate trailers. It’s unclear how the fight started, and authorities would not say why Timothy Bosarge was running around naked outside his home.
Timothy Bosarge, 41; Ferlin Bosarge, 47; and Cartis Bosarge, 46, each face a charge of domestic violence aggravated assault. Timothy Bosarge faces an additional charge of disorderly conduct.
Chief Deputy Don Bass said the charges against Timothy Bosarge will likely be upgraded to murder as early as Wednesday.
“He is the No. 1 suspect,” Bass said of Timothy Bosarge.
The investigation remains ongoing. Hours after their arrests Friday, Cartis Bosarge and Ferlin Bosarge were released from the Hancock County jail on their own recognizance. Timothy Bosarge remains in jail in lieu of $5,500 bond.