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Man dies 84 days after severe beating. It could be a homicide

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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones speaks during a city wide prayer breakfast held at Glorious Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. The purpose of this event was to find solutions for how the church can help offset crime and violence in the community.
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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones speaks during a city wide prayer breakfast held at Glorious Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. The purpose of this event was to find solutions for how the church can help offset crime and violence in the community.

A 55-year-old Macon man who died Sunday could be added to Bibb County’s growing list of homicide victims.

Jeffery Burke, of Ell Street, was severely beaten during a Father’s Day cookout on June 17, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Monday morning.

“He’s been immobile ever since he got beaten up,” Jones said.

Burke’s wife found him dead on the sofa Sunday, he said.

Burke spent more than two months at Medical Center, Navicent Health, and was released from the hospital Aug. 20, Jones said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine whether Burke died as a result of injuries sustained in the beating 84 days before his death.

Burke was unconscious for more than three days and suffered a broken neck and paralysis, according to the Bibb County sheriff’s incident report.

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