A Richmond man found dead by the side of the road in Boyle County in late November was strangled, Dr. Don Hamner, the Boyle County coroner, said Friday.
The body of Michael Dean Begley Jr., 27, was found the morning of Nov. 25 along Taylor Road east of Danville. He had been dead less than five hours when his body was found, Hamner said.
An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort determined that Begley was strangled.
Begley had been released from the Fayette County jail only days before he died, Hamner said. On Nov. 7, Beg ley pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for time served, according to Fayette District Court records. Begley was accused of biting his live-in girlfriend on the right forearm while they were in a moving vehicle, according to the records on file.
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No identification was found on the body, and Begley was identified through fingerprints from the jail, Hamner said.
Boyle Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms said Friday there are suspects in Begley's death.
"I really can't divulge a lot right now, but there is a primary suspect and at least two additional accomplices that we're considering," Bottoms said.
Bottoms said he intended to present information to a Boyle County grand jury for possible indictments on Wednesday or next month, depending on when an investigating officer can get paperwork to him.