Fayette County

Coroner: Head wound didn't cause man's death

A man's head injury does not appear to have caused his death, authorities said Monday. Ernest Mackto, 41, was found dead Sunday afternoon outside the Sturgill Car Care Center, 901 Newtown Pike.

Authorities said his body had been lying outside for some time before he was found and Fayette coroner's officials began investigating his death as a homicide.

He had a wound to the back of his head, but a preliminary autopsy Monday showed that it did not cause his death, according to a statement from the coroner's office.

Police consider Mackto's death an open investigation and are waiting on autopsy and toxicology results from the the state medical examiner, Lexington police spokeswoman Ann Gutierrez said.

The coroner's statement said hypothermia could have contributed to Mackto's death.

Mackto was involved in a domestic violence incident on Saturday, but police do not believe that contributed to his death, Gutierrez said.