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Lexington man found dead at Newtown Pike car repair shop

Lexington police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old man whose body was found outside a car repair shop Sunday.

Ernest Mackto of Lexington may have been dead for some time before someone found the body about 2 p.m. in a lot adjacent to Sturgill Car Care Center at 901 Newtown Pike, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

The coroner's office called the death a homicide. Lexington police Lt. James Curless said police consider the death suspicious.

Curless said Mackto was involved in a domestic dispute late Saturday that included a physical altercation. Mackto fled before police arrived.

Mackto had a wound to the back of his head and "had been lying outside all night," a coroner's report said.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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